West Michigan Aviation Academy is a tuition free aviation high school established by the billionaire Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy DeVos. The high school is based on the grounds of Gerald Ford International Airport. The high school is very large accommodating a capacity of 400 juniors, sophomores and freshmen. It is ranked 65th within Michigan and is certified to take Advanced Placement exams and course work. Their student body is relatively gender diversified with 77% male and 23% female.
Two years ago, the school established a partnership with Northwestern Michigan College, to allow the graduates of WMAA to receive credits after being enrolled at the college. This credit would authenticate the completion of the syllabus that is equivalent to that of Northwestern Michigan College particularly with regards to aviation and maintenance courses.
The partnership agreement was unveiled by the director of Northwestern Michigan College who acknowledged the fact that students would save a lot of time and resources to covering a comprehensive curriculum in a single institution of learning.
WMAA high school founded by the philanthropist and businessman Dick DeVos will have its first graduating seniors this year. The agreement will potentially attract more students to the high school to reach a target of 500 students as stipulated by the school management.
Currently, the school serves a total of 312 students. There is a preconstruction project of Phase IV however to construct a 15,000 square feet building to accommodate as much students as possible. This new space will include additional classrooms, an airplane hangar, laboratories and a collaborative space to accommodate the new syllabus activities.
The partnership would also help students who desire to further their knowledge in aviation to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in BA with aviation concentration at Ferris State University and Davenport via Northwestern Michigan College centers in Traverse City.