The integration of both Dick Devos’ passions, which are flying and education, is what yielded the creation of West Michigan Aviation Academy located on Gerald R. Ford International Airport grounds. Apart from flying, the school provides opportunities to students who harbor interests in fields such as science, technology, engineering, and math. The tuition-free public charter school is an initiative that was started by Dick Devos, after much encouragement from his wife, Betsy Devos.
Dick Devos ingenuity came about from a network of non-profit organizations, political action committees, and Federal groups that fund the school. All this would not have been made impossible without Dick’s family fortune and immense affiliations. Dick began the school in the year 2010 with only a single office building that served as the initial building of the school. With the school’s noble beginnings notwithstanding, it was able to move into a larger building that made room for curriculum expansion, student life, and new aviation programs. Under the helm of the former principal of East Grand Rapids High, the school progresses in providing the hands-on approach to students that eager in achieving their dreams.
Dick Devos has been hugely involved in privatizing public schools with the aim of making education accessible to all aspiring students. In his quest for achieving this, Dick has ventured into politics, although he lost to Democrat Jennifer Granholm. Nonetheless, this hasn’t stopped Dick from involving himself in various initiatives by helping conservative students and genuine causes. None, however, is greater than his passion for privatization of public education.
Dick Devos began working for his father’s company, the Amway Corporation, in 1974. Dick worked his way up to the vice presidency of the company for ten years. For two years, he was an elected member of the Michigan State Board of Education but later stepped down to take the reins of his father’s business. He took the role of president of the Alticor Inc., which was the parent company of Amway Corporation. He retired in 2002, after which he ventured in the privatization of public education and other noble causes with his wife.
Dick Devos expresses generosity, initiative, and development of aspiring students who seek to achieve their life goals. The West Michigan Academy has opened has garnered donations from various genuine causes, and in so doing helping aspiring students to make their mark in the larger society.