$140,000 donation to NVOC’s Aviation Center by philanthropists Si and Betty Robin

Elizabeth Penuela, Assistant Principal at North Valley Occupational Center (NVOC), confirmed today that Si and Betty Robin have donated $140,000 to NVOC for the Aviation Center.  The Robins are the owners of Sensor Systems, Inc. which is the world’s leading designer of antennas for commercial, business and military airborne applications. Its customers include Airbus, Cessna, Boeing, General Atomics, Northrup Grumman and Honeywell, as well as many other aerospace and aircraft manufacturing companies across the globe.
          Si and Betty are generous donors to the Pacific Aviation Museum, Seattle Museum of Flight, San Diego Air & Space Museum, Santa Monica Museum of Flying, Kansas Aviation Museum, Southern California Museum of Flying, and University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences and the LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE)’s Aviation Center at NVOC.
          The Robins expressed that they want $80,000 of the DACE donation to go towards the purchase of tools and equipment to support instruction in the classroom, $40,000 to go to directly to students in the form of scholarships, and $20,000 to support SkillUSA competitions. The Robins take pride in helping tomorrow’s inventors, pilots, entrepreneurs and aviation mechanic students achieve their dreams. They have contributed over $300,000 to NVOC since 2013.
          Their generosity with this huge donation will help hundreds of students with their registration fees, books, equipment, tools, FAA examination fees and other costs related to the program. We are looking forward to having two Si and Betty Robin Scholarship award ceremonies in 2018 to celebrate the positive difference they are making in the future of our students. More news on the Si and Betty Robin Scholarship award ceremonies will be announced soon.

Board Member Kelly Gonez, NVOC Principal Ellen Baker and AP Liz Penuela show the check received from Si and Betty Robin

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