Northland to host ‘Experience Aerospace’ events February 24, 2023

Northland Community & Technical College invites future students and the community to its aerospace center for a day of discovery.

Northland Aerospace Hangar

Northland Community & Technical College's aviation and aerospace training center.

January 30, 2023 — Northland Community & Technical College invites students in grades 7-12, along with their teachers and families, to a day of career exploration and discovery. The free event includes workshops, tours, and hands-on experiences designed to introduce prospective students to the wide range of programs and careers available in the aerospace industry.

‘Experience Northland Aerospace’ is a joint venture put on by Northland and the National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT) to encourage interest in aerospace careers and show off the many high-tech programs Northland offers. A community open house is scheduled from 4-8:00 p.m., while the main event is geared specifically for middle and high school students.

“Oftentimes, the path from high school to college or a career can seem unclear or altogether confusing,” said Aaron Sykes, NCAT STEAM Outreach Coordinator. “How can a
middle or high school student know what their future career will look like if they are unsure what
their options are? And how can we as educators inspire passion in these students and help them discover a fitting career? These are questions we hope Experience Northland Aerospace will answer.”

Student Event
Registration and check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 24, at the Northland Aerospace center, a sprawling 86,000-square-foot facility with a state-of-the-art hangar that houses more than 20 different types of airplanes, drones, and unmanned aerial vehicles. Starting at 9:00 a.m., students can participate in a variety of 50-minute hands-on activities, wrapping up at 3:00 p.m.

Open House
The community is also invited to explore and learn about Northland’s aerospace programs beginning at 4:00 p.m. The afternoon open house will have something for everyone, including information about registering for classes, and give anyone with an interest in aerospace the opportunity to get a close up look at the aircraft and technology Northland students get to work on as they prepare for exciting careers in a booming industry.

Northland Aerospace is located at 13892 Airport Drive, Thief River Falls, Minn. — next to the Thief River Falls Regional Airport. Attendees are asked to park in the East Parking Lot (next to the highway).

For more information about Northland’s Experience Aerospace events, visit, call 800.959.6282, or email

Northland Community and Technical College (Northland) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Northland also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and a satellite site in Roseau, Minnesota. Northland offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. Northland is a member of Minnesota State, the third-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.

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