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OTTUMWA, Iowa Ottumwa (pronounced "Uh-tuhm-wa") is a city in Wapello County, Iowa, United States. The population was 24,998 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Wapello CountyGR6.  -- Graduating students in the aircraft technician program at Indian Hills Community College Indian Hills Community College is a two-year public community area community college located in Southeast Iowa with campuses located in Ottumwa, Iowa and Centerville, Iowa. Famous Alumni: Tom Arnold

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 have been offered jobs with a major air carrier even before they had diplomas in their hands.

"These students have worked hard and deserve the attention they've received," said

Darrell Downing, director of the Ottumwa college's aviation program. "It's a first for us."

Officials from Atlanta-based Delta Airlines tested the 20 students in Downing's Aviation Maintenance Technology class before Wednesday's graduation.

Delta representatives liked what they saw.

"They tested our students for three hours, and all of them passed," Downing said. "They basically told me they'd be interested in hiring them all."

Downing said Delta is willing to fly any of the graduates to Atlanta to look at the operation and get a feel for the big city.

Although many of the graduates may end up working for Delta, others have found positions with other companies.

Ben Rotz was home-schooled in his hometown of Melrose. He came to IHCC's aviation program as a 16-year-old with a high school diploma A high school diploma is a diploma awarded for the completion of high school. In the United States and Canada, it is considered the minimum education required for government jobs and higher education. An equivalent is the GED. .

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," he said.

Rotz is heading into a job that pays more than $30,000 a year.

Pete Frangos, 33, of Ames had a bachelor's degree in business and marketing when he entered the program a year and a half ago.

"I've always had a passion for aviation," Frangos said. He plans to work for Citation Cessna Jet in Milwaukee.

Adam Moore, 19, of Corydon is also staying in the Midwest.

"I got a real good job for Milwaukee Express Airlines in Milwaukee," Moore said.

Downing said he and his staff go beyond classroom training with their philosophy of instilling in·still also in·stil  
tr.v. in·stilled, in·still·ing, in·stills also in·stils
1. To introduce by gradual, persistent efforts; implant: "Morality . . .
 the importance of an aircraft maintenance worker.

"There is a moral commitment we try to emphasize here at our program ... with the responsibility they have for repairing aircraft," Downing said.

Downing said if the maintenance man does not release the craft as airworthy air·wor·thy  
adj. air·wor·thi·er, air·wor·thi·est
Being in fit condition to fly: an airworthy helicopter; airworthy avionics.
, it does not fly.

"They can think in terms of a doctor," Downing said. "A lot of lives depend upon their work and decisions."

Students complete the coursework in 18 months with an FAA license to work on anything from a hot air balloon This article is about hot air balloons themselves. For the associated activity, see Hot air ballooning.

The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology, dating back to its invention by the Montgolfier brothers in Annonay,
 to a large passenger jet.

The college's aviation program, which started in 1967, is one of three in Iowa.

The other two programs are offered at Western Iowa Community College in Council Bluffs Council Bluffs, city (1990 pop. 54,315), seat of Pottawattamie co., SW Iowa, on and below bluffs overlooking the Missouri River, opposite Omaha, Nebr.; inc. 1853.  and Hawkeye Institute of Technology in Waterloo.
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Title Annotation:airplane maintenance education
Publication:Community College Week
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 2, 2001
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