Dick DeVos Jr. founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a non-profit Michigan School of Choice high school, in the fall of 2010 upon the very same grounds as the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Michigan. As the school is non-profit, students who attend the school are subject to absolutely no tuition costs.
The school began with a small class of a mere eighty freshman students in the fall of 2010, shortly following Dick DeVos Jr.’s founding of the West Michigan Aviation Academy. The entire campus of the school was comprised of but a single converted office space measuring twenty-five thousand square feet. Not long following the opening, expansion and improvement was within the scope of the academy. Just two short years following the academy’s grand, albeit humble, opening, the campus was nearly doubled in size and now yields a capacity to educate five-hundred students through a vast and expansive curriculum which includes various renowned aviation programs and shows no signs of narrowing. The West Michigan Aviation Academy displays the potential to continue its expansion of not only its campus and enrollment magnitude, but also its ever-advancing curriculum options and paths, including its claim to fame: exquisite aviation education programs.
Richard “Dick” M. DeVos Jr. is a widely known and respected professional through his devotion to the progression of innovation within the education of Grand Rapid, Michigan. He is the founder and formation leader of the West Michigan Aviation Academy, the president and founder of the Windquest Group, and holds countless more, extensive accolades which all speak heavily of his passion and esteem. DeVos harbors a passion for flight and flying, thus his founding of the academy is easily explained. He is a loving husband who draws support and inspiration as well as partnership from his wife Betsy. DeVos has held vital public offices such as ones within the Michigan State Board of Education and numerous other boards and committees, as well as running for Governor of Michigan in 2006.
The West Michigan Aviation Academy was founded and continues to excel as a premier instance of innovative education within Grand Rapids, Michigan and the school continues under the leadership of Dick DeVos Jr., the remarkable and innovative professional who is responsible for its 2010 founding.