IAF Technological College, Be'er Sheva

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IAF Technological College, Be'er Sheva
המכללה הטכנלוגית של חיל האוויר והחלל שלוחת באר שבע
Established 1976
Type Military college
Location Beersheba, Israel
Website [3]

IAF Technological College, Be'er Sheva (also known as the Techni School) Hebrew: המכללה הטכנלוגית של חיל האוויר והחלל שלוחת באר שבע) is a technology-oriented high school and college in Beersheba, Israel.

F-4 Phantom II on the school grounds

History[edit]

IAF Technological College is located in the Nahal Ashen neighborhood in Be'er sheva (the original campus was in Naot-Lon Be'er Sheva).

The school trains Israel Air Force cadets (Shoher) שוחר) from the 9th or 10th grade through graduation from the 12th grade. Those who excel academically continue to the technological class (grade 13) and are eligible to receive a practical engineering certificate following 14th grade. Students with high grades have the option to continue their studies for a B.Sc.[1]

At first, the Technological school offered only a single class in a home-style trailer building surrounded by a gate. Since then, many trailer classes have been added, as well as a kitchen, of which half serves as a classroom. The building contains many computer laboratories, a gymnasium, two basketball courts, two football fields, a theater and a swimming pool.

The cadets are required to wear Israeli Air force uniforms with a special shoulder and beret insignia.

When a student finished his studies he was entitled to wear the Shoher wings. As of 2006 the sign has been changed as it had wings and the students are not in combat units (the meaning of wings on insignia).

75% of the students are successful on their first attempt of the bagrut exams, with an average of 30 bagrut point. 97% success rate for 13'th class and 100% for 14'th class [2]

Military service[edit]

Shoher (plural: shohrim) is a special form of "pre-conscription" soldier – shohrim have priority in choosing their type of service in technical parts of the Israeli Air Force. For this reason the only combat units open to them are special forces and volunteering units. A shoher can move from the Air Force after enrollment up to 6 months after service begins.

Shoher can serve in R&D without engineering credentials if an officer finds him/her as worthy (the soonest any soldier can get such a recommendation is after 2 years of service).

The college offers 4 programs that provide practical engineer education: flight electronics, flight mechanics, Pami Atimdim[clarification needed] and electricity.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 31°13′44.75″N 34°46′58.51″E / 31.2290972°N 34.7829194°E / 31.2290972; 34.7829194