TROY -- Troy University and Hawaii-based Mauna Loa Helicopters are partnering to offer students a unique opportunity in aviation.
For the first time, the university is offering a flight training program that will allow students to gain a minor in Aviation Operations as part of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Resource Management and Technology. Students have the choice between an associate's degree or the four-year BAS degree.
It is estimated that there will be around 90,000 new pilot positions over the next 10 years.
Troy University officials are thrilled the opportunity to train the future's pilots will happen in the college's backyard.
"This program is needed, it will be increasingly needed, and we expect to do a great job in preparing tomorrow's pilots," Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. said.
In addition, the college has partnered with the Pike County Board of Education to offer the program to five area high school students.
This dual-degree program will allow these high school students to enter the associate degree program as a junior. When they graduate, they will have a high school diploma, an associate degree and a private pilot's license.