Challenger Learning Center to Host Aerospace Career Day

About 350 Midlands high school students with a taste for adventure and an interest in the aerospace industry have been invited to meet air traffic controllers, pilots and representatives from some of the state’s largest, cutting-edge aerospace companies on November 7th at the Challenger Learning Center’s Fourth Annual Aerospace Career Day.

The event will be held from 9a.m. – 1p.m. at Richland One’s Challenger Learning Center, 2600A Barhamville Road (next to W.A. Perry Middle School).

Students from Richland One and the Richland Two, Lexington One, Lexington-Richland Five and Kershaw County school districts will have an opportunity to meet aerospace professionals, as well as representatives of colleges that offer degrees in the field.

Dr. Carolyn Donelan, the Challenger Learning Center’s lead flight director, says companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Michelin give Midlands students the opportunity to pursue careers in hundreds of fields related to aviation and the aerospace industry including as engineers, technicians, safety inspectors, ground attendants, dispatchers, meteorologists, chemists and radar technicians.

  • Companies, organizations and institutions scheduled to have representatives at the event include:
  • The Boeing CompanyRichland One’s Career and Technology Education  Department
  • Career Performance
  • CTS International
  • College of Charleston (Department of Physics and Astronomy)
  • Greenville Technical College
  • Jim Hamilton – L.B. Owens Airport (CUB)
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Michelin Aircraft Tire Corp.
  • Midlands Technical College
  • Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
  • The South Carolina Aeronautics Commission
  • South Carolina Fire Academy (Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting)
  • South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM)
  • Triumph Fabrications – Orangeburg
  • United States AeroTech Institute
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Army
  • United States Marine Corps
  • University of South Carolina – College of Engineering and Computing
  • University of South Carolina – Project Lead the Way

The Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education is an exciting hands-on, aeronautics and space-themed educational facility designed to provide interactive learning experiences, integrating science, technology, engineering and math. Richland One has South Carolina’s only Challenger Learning Center. Since 1996, the center has served more than 80,000 students, flying simulated space missions, conducting hands-on science explorations and inspiring students with exciting planetarium shows. The Center’s Aerospace Education Program strives to prepare students for careers in the aerospace and aviation industry. Learn more at,