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EKU Aviation Receives Award for Virtual Training Excellence


The Aviation Program at Eastern Kentucky University was recently presented with the “2020 Award for Training Excellence” by Digicast, a virtual aviation training platform of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). EKU, which began using the platform at the start of the COVD-19 pandemic last year, was one of only two colleges or universities to earn the distinction.

“This was something we wanted to do for our students as we looked for ways to keep them engaged during all-virtual instruction,” said Kyle Knezevich, Aviation Program faculty member. “The students really embraced the format, and the results speak for themselves.”

Students utilize the platform, which is common at airports across the United States, in several aviation courses focused on airport management and aviation safety. Lessons include videos, lectures, presentations, and exams which supplement course materials and instruction. According to Knezevich, more than 75 students participated in the virtual training in 2020, logging more than 3,500 hours on the platform.

Following the success of the integration in 2020, the Aviation Program is hoping for even more utilization of the software this year. “Those first students set us up for success last spring,” added Knezevich. “The more exposure we can provide them to this type of industry-standard training before they graduate, the better. That’s exactly what we plan to do moving forward.”

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Published on March 12, 2021

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