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Guided by English teacher, local athlete pursues an aviation education
When it came to deciding where to attend college, Ismael Castillo wasn’t sure which direction was right for him. Guided by his English teacher, Ismael went over his career choices and realized he could make a career out of his longtime passion of aviation.
Encouraged by his teacher and his family, he chose to apply to California Aeronautical University (CAU) so he could pursue a career as a professional pilot.
As a cross country runner and football player at Alhambra High School, Ismael is used to putting in hard work to reach optimal results and achieve personal growth. Having won a leadership award, he also strives to lift others up with him, including his younger siblings and classmates.
These characteristics will come in handy with CAU’s rigorous, fast-paced curriculum that enables students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and several FAA pilot certifications in about three years.
Ismael graduates from Alhambra High School in May 2022 and has been accepted to attend California Aeronautical University this August. Ismael was accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and hopes to take advantage of the multiple regional airline and industry partnerships.
Ismael enjoys spending time with his family and friends, recently started learning American Sign Language (ASL), and hopes to encounter new life experiences at CAU.
About California Aeronautical University
California Aeronautical University (CAU) is preparing the next generation of aviation professionals. Serving students from all over the country, the University offers career-focused programs in aviation, aviation business, and aircraft maintenance. With on-airport locations throughout California and in Arizona that provide an ideal learning environment, CAU courses are delivered in a year-round, fast-paced schedule that enables students to enter the pipeline for aviation careers in the shortest amount of time. Through the University’s strong partnerships with airlines, influential aviation organizations, and leaders in the aviation community, CAU graduates become a part of a larger aviation network and reap the benefits of these relationships, including direct access to several airline cadet programs. The University offers access to federal student financial aid, scholarships, and veteran benefits to those who qualify.
Tamu Smith-Kohls serves as the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing for California Aeronautical University. She has worked in the aviation industry in various roles for 24 years. As a United States Air Force retired veteran, she has a unique appreciation for the aviation industry. Tamu has served in Information Systems as a Network Administrator, Aerospace Flight Medicine as a Health Services Manager, and Air Force Recruitment and Marketing. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology; a Master’s in Business Administration and is a Certified Neuro Linguistic Practitioner. Her passion is motivating, training, coaching and serving others to reach their best potential.