LAX launches volunteer program for students

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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has expanded its popular Volunteer Information Professionals (VIP) program to include a new program for students, the LAXceeders Student Volunteer Program.

The year-round program is open to high school students and college undergraduates aged 16-24 who want to volunteer at the airport. While directing guests and assisting with internal events at the airport, students will learn about the many jobs and opportunities in the field of aviation and get to meet travelers from around the world.

Students responsibilities include assisting guests with questions about LAX, gate locations, locating airport resources such as flight information monitors and signage, navigating the terminal, providing general airport information, sharing basic information about Los Angeles and the Southern California region, and assisting with other departmental needs.

The program also provides training to the students so they can learn how to effectively communicate with the public and acquire invaluable guest service skills. Students will receive volunteer service hours credit.

Keith Wilschetz, deputy executive director for operations and emergency management at LAWA, said, “The LAXceeders program is a win for LAX, our guests and these students, who are helping travelers while learning about the diversity of jobs available at an international airport.

“At LAX, we are always looking for new ways to introduce young people to aviation-related career opportunities, and this program does just that through a fun and engaging summer program.”

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