EKU Aviation Goes Online
"On the radar” for EKU Aviation, there are several items of program growth.
For fall 2014, EKU Aviation plans to roll out its newest BS Aviation concentration, Aerospace Technology, designed to be a degree-completion pathway. In addition to the aviation core courses and general education requirements, a signature strength of this degree is its 26 semester hour credits of aviation technical electives. This “bucket” of electives will allow community college graduates with heavily loaded aviation technical courses, such as Airframes and Power plants (A&P) or pro-flight helicopter courses, to transfer to EKU and receive maximum transfer credits. While doing so, these transfer students will still meet all rigorous EKU and State of Kentucky baccalaureate degree requirements.
Using a distance education modality, EKU Aviation will initially market this degree-completion concentration to Kentucky Community & Technical College (KCTCS) students attending colleges co-located near regional airports. Articulation agreements are in progress with these KCTCS institutions:
- Somerset Community College,
- Hazard Community & Technical College, and
- Owensboro Community & Technical College.
The articulation agreements consist of three integral parts. The first section includes the AAS or AA degree courses and corresponding EKU equivalents. The second portion contains bridge courses that may be taken at either institution. The final section includes courses that must be taken at EKU, either at our Richmond Campus or through online options.
KCTCS students will be able to complete 2.5 of 4 years at their local college. If they select the EKU online degree completion option, they may complete all 4 years in their home town. This degree-completion model is a perfect option for 2-year A&P and pro-flight community colleges nationwide.
According to program Director Ralph Gibbs, "EKU Aviation has established a statewide presence and is working toward becoming a national leader in the great and growing field of aviation technology.”
Published on January 30, 2014