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SKCTC and EKU preparing students for career in aviation

EKU Aviation Fleet

Erika Glover | BELL Co., Ky. (WYMT)

Educators from Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College and Eastern Kentucky University said their new Aviation Technology Program is ready to go.

Both SKCTC President Dr. F. Lynn Moore and EKU President Dr. Michael T. Benson met in Bell County Wednesday afternoon.

Moore and Benson signed a memorandum of agreement for the creation of an their aeronautical program.

After the signing SKCTC Sophomore Joshua Jackson said he was rethinking his career path.

"I originally wanted to be a teacher, but now I might go towards this new program given my military background," Jackson said.

He said it's a huge step for all community colleges. "They're expanding their programs, allowing students to stay closer to home, and expanding our futures," said Jackson.

It is an educational collaboration that President Moore said benefits our entire state.

"We are working with high school students and bringing them all the way through Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College and on to a degree at EKU," said Moore.

She said their role is helping students complete their first two years before transferring to EKU to earn their bachelor's degree.

Dr. Michael Benson said this makes the transfer process easier.

"I would love to see our aircraft here on the ground and students coming and getting their flight hours," Benson said. "I understand there's space for our faculty, in the new building, to maybe house a flight simulator. So as they say, sky's the limit."

Those words got students like Jackson excited. "To actually be able to fly one day instead of just working behind the lines like we did in the Air Force," Jackson said.

Moore said SKCTC is ready to enroll students in the program. In the future she hopes to expand the curriculum to other areas of interest like aircraft mechanics.

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Published on September 19, 2014

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