If you're thinking about going to college but don't know for sure what you want to be and have always had an interest in flying, Utah Valley Community College has just come to the rescue.
When summer quarter begins June 19, UVCC will offer an associate of science degree in aviation technology. Upon completion of the two-year program, students will be licensed pilots and will be qualified for jobs in the commuter and private airline business. The program also will help those who want to become commercial airline pilots by preparing them for acceptance into a four-year aviation program.Program Director L. Michael Falgoust said the demand for qualified pilots has drastically increased over the past few years and the heightened demand is projected to continue. Reduced military training of pilots and retirement and growth in the airline industry have combined to create the demand. It is estimated that over the next five to 10 years airline, companies will be hiring about 13,000 new pilots a year, he said.
"They just don't want pilots; they want pilots with degrees," he said.
Falgoust said UVCC will provide the degree portion of the program, and Alpine Aviation is providing the pilot training. During the course students will receive more than 250 hours of flying time.
"A lot of the commuter airlines are beginning to participate in the training of their prospective pilots," said Larry Reinarz, director of operations at Alpine Aviation.
Students will be required to complete 56 credit hours of general studies and 41 hours of flight instruction before receiving a degree.
"At that point they could either go to work or go on to a four-year institution," Falgoust said.
Registration for the program is still being taken at UVCC. For more information on the program contact Falgoust at 222-8000 extension 261 or Alpine Aviation at 373-1508.