This certificate program is aimed to meet the needs of several target groups:
Group 1. Students who are not ready for an expensive college degree. These students are currently looking for a community college or technical school program. They want to gain a mechanic’s certificate and have no intentions of advancement in the industry into leadership positions. These student want only the basic FAA training and licenses. They need an approved program that is eligible for government funding.
Group 2. Adult students who are seeking new careers. They typically already have a degree and desire only the FAA training.
Group 3. Student who are eligible for VA benefits and want a maintenance career. They need a 14 CFR part 147 approved program but do not want to complete a traditional degree.
Group 4. International students who are often sponsored by their local government. Their government is often only willing to pay for the professional certifications and not the associated degree. These students would usually go to a technical school, but, first they must learn to read and speak English. We are uniquely positioned for this student because of our ESL programs. These students can come to one school to study English and then transition into the aviation program. We have an excellent reputation in the international market partly because the governments are already familiar with our Adventist school system.
This will be a two-year program but without the additional requirements of the AT degree. It will meet the requirements of the FAA Aircraft Maintenance Certificate with the Airframe and Powerplant ratings. It will be taught on campus simultaneously with the degree-seeking maintenance classes.