Sandhills Community College welcomed its first cohort of 14 students into the new aviation program that began in August.

Seeking to earn an Associate in Applied Science Aviation Management degree or an Associate in Applied Science Professional Pilot degree, the group will be prepared for a variety of aviation and aviation-related careers including employment with commercial airlines, in general aviation, the aerospace industry, the military, and with state and federal aviation organizations.

Their coursework will include fundamentals of flight, aerodynamics, aircraft performance, meteorology, navigation, federal regulations, aviation management, and instrument and commercial ground training, flight and simulator training, and entrepreneurship or business management training.

The creation of the aviation program was brought to pass following numerous conversations between the Moore County Airport Authority Board and the college administration regarding the regional and national need for trained commercial pilots.

Sandhills is the fourth North Carolina community college to offer commercial pilot training. Their first semester will be spent on campus taking general education classes along with introductory aviation courses. Flight training will begin in the second semester.

Sandhills Community College allows entry points into the program based on prior certifications earned as a hobbyist or through military training.

Students can save a great deal of money by beginning at Sandhills. If a bachelor’s degree is desired, the college has long-established relationships with four-year schools allowing students to move into bachelor programs with more transfer academic credits and receive the degree sooner.

Active duty military, veterans or dependents are allowed to use VA funds to pay for the courses.

To learn more about the program, contact Robert Brannum at [email protected].

Feature photo from SCC: The first cohort of SCC students enrolled in the new Aviation program began classes in August. Pictured from left to right, first row: Donnie Horton, Drew Nobre, Lyla Owens, and Kari Crawford; second row: Sean Wess, Ethan Adams, and TJ Willcox; third row: Quentin Tatum, Caleb Holliday, Jeremiah Joyner-Staley, and Wesley Bullock; back row: John Schlaff, Johnson Taylor, and Troy Showalter.



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