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18 Students to ‘Take Flight’ in the Joby Aviation Summer Program through MPUSD’s Career Technical Education Unique Summer Offering


June 1, 2022


Marci McFadden, Chief of Communications & Engagement



18 Students to ‘Take Flight’ in the Joby Aviation Summer Program through MPUSD’s Career Technical Education Unique Summer Offering

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Monterey, CA – The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District’s Career Technical Education department is offering a five-day summer program experience June 6 - 10 to 18 students. Students will participate in the program three hours a day at four different locations that include Marina High School, the Monterey Regional Airport, the Salinas Municipal Airport and Joby Aviation at Marina Municipal Airport.

Together with the Joby Aviation education department, the MPUSD CTE team has been exploring areas of intersectionality in support of the increasing labor market needs in the region, and expanding student knowledge of careers in aviation. This pilot program compliments the MPUSD Transportation, Computer Science, and Engineering Design pathways and is one of the first CTE summer programs that MPUSD has offered. 

“There are numerous activities competing for students' attention in the summer, and given the program's identified content and learning outcomes this unique opportunity was offered to 11th and 12th grade CTE students with participation based on student interest,” said Lisa Glick, Coordinator, Career Technical Education, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District.

“Our CTE program introduces students to opportunities they may have never dreamed existed,” said PK Diffenbaugh, Superintendent, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. “It is an honor to participate in this partnership with Joby, and I am especially appreciative of our team for going the extra mile to identify this outstanding learning experience.”

Joby Aviation Summer Program: Taking Flight

Monday, June 6, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Taking Flight: Career Exploration, Aviation and Aerodynamics

  • Exploring careers in the aviation industry
  • Joby Aviation overview
  • Aerodynamics lesson and activity


Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Up, Up and Away: Airport Operations

  • Monterey Jet Center Tour
  • Control Tower and Airport Operations


Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Repairing, Restoring, and Learning to Fly: Being an Airmotive Specialist

  • Airmotive Specialities Group
  • Bob Hoover Academy


Thursday, June 9, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - NOT OPEN EVENT due to strict COVID protocols at Joby
Next Generation: Electric Vertical Lift Transportation

  • Manufacturing and testing facilities
  • Simulator and VR demonstration


Friday, June 10, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Putting the Pieces Together: Be Your Own Pilot

  • Flight planning instruction and exercise
  • Traffic and air traffic control instruction and exercise 


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About Monterey Peninsula Unified School District


The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is home to approximately 9,600 students in grades transitional kindergarten through 12th grade. The district also houses preschool and adult education. The district is built on a solid foundation of effective instruction, positive school culture, systems of support, and collaborative leadership. The district is nestled along the Monterey Bay, and stretches from the city of Marina to the north to the city of Monterey to the south, and includes the communities of Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Sand City and Seaside.

About Joby Aviation


Joby Aviation is a Californian venture-backed aerospace company, developing an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that it intends to operate as an air taxi service. Joby Aviation is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California, and has offices in San Carlos, California; Marina, California; and Munich, Germany.


What is CTE?

CTE provides students with the academic and technical skills, knowledge, and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to be a lifelong learner. CTE courses, programs, and training focus on the technical and academic skills needed to attain and maintain high-skill, high-demand careers. A quality CTE experience offers opportunities for learning in Career Awareness, Career Exploration, and Career Readiness to students at a variety of grade levels. In addition to technical training and career foundations, CTE courses also offer a wide range of additional educational benefits, including critical thinking development, technical literacy, public speaking skills, leadership development, and planning/organization skills. Qualifying courses and course instructors also offer college credit, industry certification, and internships for students.