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Swope Middle School Job Shadows with Airport Employees during this Award Winning Career Event

Reno, Nev. – The Reno-Tahoe International Airport hosted 30 Swope Middle School eighth graders Thursday, March 7, as part of the school’s career event.

Students had an opportunity to learn how the airport operates and gain a better understanding of jobs available at an airport. The day of job shadowing concluded a three-part program in which airport employees presented to student an explanation of their specific career and conducted mock-interviews with student applicants for their respective positions.

“The Airport Authority is proud to be a Partner in Education with Swope Middle School and we are pleased to host these students for this aviation adventure,” said Marily Mora, A.A.E. President and CEO of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority. “The experience of each young individual will provide them an opportunity to learn about future career choices and give them a better understanding of the role both Reno-Tahoe International and Reno-Stead Airports play in this community.”

A day at Reno-Tahoe International Airport included an airfield tour, meeting the police canine team, a demonstration of firefighting equipment and learning about the air traffic control tower. The eighth graders then shadowed an airport police officer, an airline representative, an engineer, a firefighter, restaurant manager and other staff. New this year, four students also got an inside look at the Reno-Stead Airport. The day concluded with lunch and distribution of mock paychecks for the student’s day at work.

The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority and Swope Middle School are proud to be Partners-in-Education since 1993, and participate in year round activities that are educational and fun. The Swope Career Event has won two first place awards: an international award from the Airports Council International organization and an award from the Washoe County School District.


The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority receives no state or local funding. All operating revenues are derived from tenant and concession fees. The Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is the 63rd busiest commercial airport in the United States, with more than 4.2 million passengers per year. For more details, visit