, August 19, 2008
Not many people get to see PUC and the surrounding Napa Valley in the golden sun with the view fading off into the San Francisco Bay. Not many people other than the aviation majors at PUC. Jordan Wareham, class of 2004, recalls those kinds of moments in his PUC memories– flying into the airport, on the perfect day, when he could see all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
Jordan Wareham graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Aviation, B.A. in International Communication, and B.A. in Spanish. He actually had no intention of taking any of these degrees. He says of his degrees, “In some way they chose me.” As a boy he loved airports and early morning flights, and remembers clearly his many Lego creations with wings. “By my junior year I had completed every license and rating offered at PUC and had still not declared Aviation as my major, it was just something I loved to do,” he recalls. “So I found out that I just had a few classes left and decided to continue and get my degree.”
When he discovered International Communication was a combination of his many other interests, such as civics, government, political science, psychology and international studies, he added it as another major. “We looked at how different cultures reacted and interacted with each other. We talked about issues in everything from culture and anthropology to economics.” Wareham notes two communications classes, Dr. James Chase’s Small Group Communication and Dr. Victoria Mukerji’s Intercultural Communication II, saying it is a toss up as to which receives the title of “favorite”. Wareham, now an aviation and communication major, decided to also pursue a Spanish degree after spending a year in Spain. Many of his best memories from PUC are of his time in Spanish class.
Wareham says his education at PUC has “held up to if not surpassed that of others” including that of top aeronautical universities. After graduation he obtained one of the most advanced flight instructor positions at Regional Airline Academy in Mesa, AZ, as Ground Instructor in the First Officer Program, where he also taught advanced Jet procedures and systems. Wareham loves everything about his career from pushing buttons to the idea of waking up in Milwaukee and going to sleep in San Antonio, and he rightly boasts “(I) have an office with the most incredible view ever seen.”
Currently, Wareham is training to be a first officer (pilot) with American Eagle, the regional carrier for American Airlines, and will be flying an Embraer 145 out of Chicago. Eventually, he plans to pursue management training and management roles within the airline industry, and adds that he will pursue a doctoral level degree at some point in his future. He also continues to be involved in youth ministry and missions. “Being a pilot gives me lots of time that I can invest in all of my various passions,” he says. “In fact American Airlines flies to Bolivia, where I worked as a student missionary at ADRA’s Cerenid Orphanage, and my travel privileges will allow me to go back often, I can't wait to get involved again in the lives of the boys at Cerenid.”