Thursday, September 3, 2015

Liberty University Offers "Jump-Start Your Aviation Career" Opportunity for High School Students

By Carmelo Turdo
Liberty University of Lynchburg, VA offers realistic opportunities for today's youth to train for careers in aviation.  In a recent feature story, The Aero Experience introduced Liberty University to our readers during their Cessna Top Hawk tour visit to Air Associates of Missouri in July.   

Liberty University is a partner school for the Cessna Top Hawk Flight Training Affiliate program, offering online aeronautical degree programs and flight training opportunities at Cessna Pilot Training Centers, including Air Associates of Missouri.  Liberty University also encourages high school students to participate in the Flight Training Affiliate Program and earn credits toward their aeronautics degree through the EDGE Dual Enrollment Program.  This video from Liberty University explains the high school dual enrollment program concisely:

CFI Jonny Hewitt with the Liberty
University Cessna Top Hawk aircraft
High school students can conceivably earn their private pilot certificate and an associate degree (or half-way to a bachelor degree) before entering college.  Progress toward the aeronautical degree and higher-level pilot ratings can continue through the remaining undergraduate education courses, resulting in early entry into a career with regional airlines that actively recruit Liberty University graduates.  The student does not have to attend the physical campus to participate in these programs.  Liberty University also encourages military veterans to enroll using their GI Bill benefits and the university's Yellow Ribbon financial aid program.

Visit Liberty University's School of Aeronautics and related online resources for more information about these opportunities.

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