Soaring from Littleton, Massachusetts, Cody Gillins landed at Westminster to pursue an Aviation Flight Operations degree. He was a Resident Advisor for his last two years, he worked in the Admissions office, and he took part in the Women In Aviation Chapter on campus.
Cody had the opportunity to intern with the Chief Pilot’s Office for Delta Airlines based here in Salt Lake City. This internship gave him great insights in the aviation industry. The internship also allowed him to network with many professionals in the industry.
Every year at Westminster, he would look forward to attending May Term classes. One of his favorite May Term classes was called 'Airline Operations Simulation'. Throughout this class, he learned about all the challenges of running an airline, simulating everything from purchasing the airplanes to hiring employees for their company. "It was a lot of fun and even brought out some friendly competition with the other students in the class to see who could have the most successful airline," he said.
Cody said, "Westminster is a unique college with students, faculty, and staff that are all very friendly and part of a tight knit community." His favorite memory would be working as a resident advisor with all the residents and other Resident’s Life staff members. "I also really enjoy working in the admissions office. Both of these positions allowed me to make lifelong connections with both students and staff."
Westminster gave Cody the tools he needed to expand his horizons and help prepare him for future prospects. He was able to learn excellent communications skills and expand his qualifications.
He recently passed the flight instructor test and is now a certified flight instructor! In addition to applying for other instructor positions, Cody would like to work at Westminster and will also be applying here for a position. Having this kind of certificate allows him to teach students how to fly and work on their various licenses and ratings. Teaching students the thrills of flying will be an amazing experience, with the ultimate goal of flying professionally for an airline or corporate flight department.