The “Women Take Flight” Workshop


MCCC's Aviation program invites all MCCC female students to an exciting two-day event, the “Women Take Flight” Workshop, set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21 and 22 at the Trenton Mercer Airport.  Reservations are due by Feb. 12.


The workshop will help you learn to soar past obstacles as you investigate risk-taking and self reliance, according to instructor Linda Castner, a licensed pilot, owner of Alexandria Field Airport, and former teacher at Bryn Mawr College.  Castner is offering this event in partnership with Mercer’s Aviation program.  It’s open to all female Mercer students except Aviation Flight students.  While some participants have a special interest in aviation, that is not a requirement to take part. 


The curriculum includes classroom activities, experiential activities and flight lessons.  “The workshop places the learner in an unfamiliar environment and uses the tool (learning to fly) to examine the choices they have made in their lives…”  Participants will experience the thrill of flight and build self-esteem at the same time, Castner said.


The fee for the two-day workshop is $150 (a discounted rate, as partial funding was provided through a grant) and includes light food on both days.  A non-refundable deposit of $75 is due by Feb. 12.  (Some partial funding is available.)  There will be an information meeting for participants on Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. at MCCC. For more information or to register, call 609-586-4800, Jacky Sanders at ext. 3485 or Joan Jones at ext. 3436. Or send an email to or


According to Castner, workshop participants will

    • Uncover the visible and invisible boundaries to authentic self-discovery;
    • Focus on new learning to experience the “here and now”;
    • Process the value of risk-taking to uncover emotion;
    • See the world from a pilot-in-command perspective.


 More background information:

  • The workshop was successfully offered at Simmons College in Boston last October, in collaboration with Sue P. Stafford, professor and chairwoman of the philosophy department at Simmons.


  • Initial research led to the publication of several articles that focused on the question “Why Don’t More Women Learn to Fly?”  There are approximately 600,000 licensed pilots in the United States and only 5.88% are women.  This statistic has remained about the same since the first powered flight in 1903.


  • The workshop has been structured to gather specific information relating to the hypothesis that there is an intimate link between risk-taking and the development of self-reliance in women.  It rests on the premise that mind and body are connected and that emotional awareness is a key factor in developing motivation.  The project will investigate “The Use of Flight Training to Explore the Role of Risk-Taking in the Development of Self-reliance in Women.”


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