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ISU aircraft maintenance instructor Prickett retires after 18 years

Posted June 17, 2011

Frank Prickett is retiring from Idaho State University after 18 years of serving as an instructor in the Aircraft Maintenance Technology program.

Prickett graduated from Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell Campus in 1975 with a FAA Mechanic Certificate with Airframe and Powerplant ratings. Following graduation he obtained employment with fixed base operators in Roswell and Albuquerque, N.M.  He also worked for the AvCenter in Pocatello and for Horizon Airlines in Salt Lake City and Boise.

In the fall of 1988, Frank joined the staff at ISU's College of Technology, teaching airframe subjects to students seeking an Advanced Technical Certificate and/or Associate of Applied Science in Airframe and Powerplant. His first stint of teaching ended in 1994. He returned to school himself to obtain a Human Resource Training and Development bachelor of science in Professional-Technical Teacher Education. He graduated from Idaho State University with his bachelor’s degree in May 1997.

Prickett began working once again at ISU as an instructor assistant in the Aircraft Maintenance Technology program in 1998 and in 1999 became the Powerplant instructor. For the last 12 years he has taught more than 12 classes and several hundred students.

When asked about the highlights to his career, Frank commented, "The success stories of our students are the greatest highlight. Some have gone on to receive a Bachelor of Applied Technology, they obtain good jobs and even some have advanced rapidly into management positions. It has also been enjoyable to work on various aircraft through live work and see the students succeed at completing those projects. Live work substantially benefits the students. It gives them work experience training and they get to experience many interesting and challenging tasks."

He added, "The program has achieved a good rapport with employers such as SkyWest, Columbia Helicopters and Western Aviation. They continue to seek graduates from our program. It is nice to know we are doing a good job in teaching and preparing students so they are successful in their endeavors."

"I have built a lot of friendships over the years at the College of Technology. I appreciate the help and support that John Bakken, Gary Shipley and Pete Stewart have given me over the years. The College has an exceptionally supportive staff on campus," Frank stated.

Retirement plans for Frank include traveling, visiting family and working on some long term home projects that have been waiting for him.

To recognize Frank for his years of service, an open house will be held Thursday, June 23, 2011 from 2-4 p.m. in the College of Technology, Roy F. Christensen Building conference Room (#149). All friends and colleagues are invited.