Aviation Colleges and Schools:
Choosing an Aviation College and Aviation Program that Meets Your Careers Goals
There are over 300 two- and four-year colleges with aviation programs and aviation schools in the United States and world-wide that offer various aviation programs (including non-engineering programs) to students interested in pursuing a career in aviation. Many of the aviation programs will allow you to either earn an aviation diploma, certificate or rating, aviation degree, an Associates and/or Bachelors degree (which is dependent on the type of school and their aviation programs).
process of preparing and applying to an aviation college can be an intimidating
and confusing process. This is why it is very important to
learn as much as you can about the basics of preparing and
applying for college. The more you know about your options
and the application process; you can make an informed decision
about your educational and aviation career goals.
Note: Throughout this channel, the word "college"
is used to refer to all post secondary institutions--technical
colleges, junior colleges, community colleges, other two-year
colleges, and four-year colleges and universities.
Why an Aviation School or Aviation College?
Aviation schools and aviation colleges provide the best learning and training environments for students to succeed and prepare for a career in aviation. You may already be aware of the many benefits of going to college such as better paying jobs, access to a wider range of career choices, and exposure to a wide range of people and cultures. Going to an aviation school or aviation college also has many benefits.
An aviation school or aviation college will allow you to: Gain greater knowledge and expand your skills in a specific aviation career field. Earn an aviation degree, an associate’s degree, and/or bachelor’s degree in an aviation program. Access a wide range of aviation resources and tools to help you with your aviation career. Participate in various aviation internship programs. Increase your chances of networking with aviation employers to gain employment.
TIP: Your goal is to find an aviation school or aviation college that is right for you and an aviation career that suits your interests.
There are various aviation programs offered by aviation schools, aviation colleges, and two- and four-year colleges and universities with aviation-related programs. Many of the aviation-related programs offer similar courses, but none of the aviation programs are alike because each aviation school’s curriculum and courses are different. Aviation programs are designed to match your interests, abilities, career goals and prepare you for an aviation career.
Provided below is a sample list of aviation-related programs:
Professional Flight Management
Powerplant & Airframe Technology
Aviation Electronics Technician
Aviation Maintenance Technician
Air Traffic Management
Aviation Marketing Management
Flight Operations Management
an aviation college that meets your educational goals, career goals, and individual
needs is not an easy task and is an important decision to
make. When choosing a aviation college you must consider the quality
of education, reputation, accreditation, admission requirements, college costs, and how you plan to pay for college. The process of choosing an aviation college typically
involves: knowing what you are looking in a school, researching
those schools, and making a final decision.
Searching and applying for financial aid (i.e. scholarships, grants, etc.) requires planning and resourcefulness.
In order to receive the maximum amount of financial aid you may be eligible to
apply for and possibly receive, you must create a plan and
start your scholarship search early.
Financial aid is typically awarded to students attending an accredited school, so make sure the school you attend is accredited. if you attend an accredited school. You should never assume that you are not eligible for
financial aid based on your family’s income. Remember,
some scholarship providers award scholarships to students based on their academic
achievements, athletic talents, artistic talents, and other
If you are planning to attend an aviation college/university, trade,
technical, or vocational school, you should have a clear understanding about the entire financial aid process. Visit the Pay for School and/or Paying for Flight Training channels to help you understand the financial aid process and identify the various financial aid and scholarship sources.
Job Placement Opportunities with Aviation Employers
Most aviation colleges have formed partnerships with aviation employers to possibly employ their schools' students. These partnerships may take the form of internships, cooperative education programs, or entry-level job positions. Although the schools have formed partnerships with aviation employers, you and the other students will compete for these job opportunities. It is highly recommended that you attend an aviation college that offers networking and job placement opportunities to students enrolled in their aviation program. To learn more about internships and cooperative education programs, visit Aviation Employers.
Additional articles to help you prepare for college:
The U.S. Department of Education publishes a
wealth of information for teachers, administrators,
policymakers, researchers, parents, students,
and others with a stake in education. You will
find many of these publications at http://www.ed.gov/about/pubs.jsp.
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