RVC Aviation Maintenance Students Launch Their Career with AAR

February 9, 2022

ROCKFORD, IL –Ten Rock Valley College Aviation Maintenance Technology students were recognized as AAR CORP. Fellows this week. The AAR EAGLE Fellowship Program, part of AAR’s Eagle Career Pathway Program, provides recipients tuition assistance and the opportunity to work at AAR’s Rockford MRO facility while completing their Airframe and Powerplant program at Rock Valley College.

The students recognized included:

Class of 2022

  • Blayden Colwell
  • Rubun Salinas
  • James Scribner
  • Jeffrey Penny

Class of 2023

  • Alex Kern
  • Alex McCraney
  • Aaron Olvera
  • Christian Roggensack
  • Quentin Shimmins
  • Joel Todd

Rock Valley College students were excited to be honored during a small private ceremony recently. Jeffrey Penny was one of the students in attendance. “This fellowship with AAR is an amazing opportunity and I am very grateful to have been chosen,” Penny said. “The fact that I will be graduating with no debt and have a job lined up has relieved a lot of stress, allowing me to focus more on my education. I look forward to furthering my knowledge and experience through my career at AAR.”

The partnership between RVC and AAR has flourished this year. “Our partnership is truly an example for others to follow. AAR kept coming back to the table time and again as we explored mutually beneficial ways to grow our organizations. We are so grateful for this opportunity that they have created for our students,” said RVC Associate Vice President of Early College and Technical Programs Gina Caronna.

“We are the largest aircraft maintenance provider in the U.S., and we are number three in the world. When you step into AAR, you’re not just stepping into Rockford, but you’re stepping into the ocean of opportunities to grow; to make your career within a large company with approximately 5,000 employees,” said Dany Kleiman, AAR Vice President, Repair and Engineering Services.

For more information about RVC’s Aviation Technology program, visit www.rockvalleycollege.edu/aviation.


AAR is a global aerospace and defense aftermarket solutions company with operations in over 20 countries. Headquartered in the Chicago area, AAR supports commercial and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AAR’s Aviation Services include Parts Supply; OEM Solutions; Integrated Solutions; and Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Services. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include Mobility Systems operations. Additional information can be found at aarcorp.com.





About AAR

AAR is a global aftermarket solutions company that employs more than 6,000 people in over 20 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR supports commercial aviation and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AAR’s Aviation Services include inventory management; parts supply; OEM parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; engineering services and component repair. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include airlift operations; mobility systems; and command and control centers in support of military and humanitarian missions. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.

Media contact: Daniela Pietsch, Vice President Corporate Marketing & Communications, at editor@aarcorp.com or +1 630-227-5100. 

This press release contains certain statements relating to future results, which are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on beliefs of Company management, as well as assumptions and estimates based on information currently available to the Company, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those anticipated, including those factors discussed under Item 1A, entitled “Risk Factors”, included in the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2018. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize adversely, or should underlying assumptions or estimates prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described. These events and uncertainties are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many are beyond the Company’s control. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events. For additional information, see the comments included in AAR’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.