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New Programs at Sandhills Community College

New Programs
Sandhills Community College will offer three new Associate in Applied Science degree programs beginning Fall Semester 2018. Aviation Management, Professional Pilot and Fire Protection Technology will bring the number of degrees offered at Sandhills to 42.
The aviation programs are a partnership between the college and the Moore County Airport Authority’s flight school, privately operated by Total Flight Solutions.
Sandhills is the fourth North Carolina community college to offer commercial pilot training. Student’s first semester will be spent on campus taking general education classes along with introductory aviation courses. Flight training will be held at the Moore County Airport during the second semester.
The Aviation Management and Professional Pilot Technology programs will prepare students for a variety of aviation and aviation-related careers including the commercial airlines, general aviation, the aerospace industry, the military, and state and federal aviation organizations.
Coursework will include fundamentals of flight, aerodynamics, aircraft performance, meteorology, navigation, federal regulations, aviation management, and instrument and commercial ground training, flight and simulator training, and entrepreneurship or business management training.
Sandhills Community College will allow entry points into the programs based on prior certifications earned as a hobbyist or through military training.
The college will award an Associate in Applied Science in Aviation Management degree and an Associate in Applied Science in Career Pilot degree.
Since 10 percent of the Sandhills student body are active duty military, veterans or dependents, Sandhills is in the process of applying for Part 141 designation from the FAA to qualify students for the use of VA funds. If the application process goes as anticipated, VA students are going to be able to use their benefits toward program costs fall semester.
A bachelor’s degree is ultimately required to become a commercial pilot, but students can save a great deal of money by beginning at Sandhills. The college has long-established relationships with four-year schools allowing students to move into bachelor programs with more transfer academic credits and receive the degree sooner.
To learn more about this exciting new program, contact Robert Brannum at
Fire Protection
The new Fire Protection Technology program is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in the technical, managerial, and leadership areas necessary for advancement within the fire protection community and related firefighting industries, and to provide currently employed firefighters with knowledge and skills often required for promotional consideration.
Coursework will include diverse fire protection subject areas, including fire prevention and safety, public education, building construction, fire ground strategies and tactics, and local government finance and laws, as they apply to emergency services management. Emphasis includes understanding fire characteristics and the structural consequences of fire; risk assessment and management; and relevant research, communications, and leadership methodologies.
The college will award an Associate in Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology degree.
Employment opportunities exist with fire departments, governmental agencies, industrial firms, insurance rating organizations, and educational organizations.
This program offers many courses online or in a hybrid format to accommodate employed students and/or those with family responsibilities.
Sandhills Community College will offer credit for certifications earned through the Continuing Education Public Safety Fire Academy.
Fall semester 2018 begins on Wednesday, August 15. New students are encouraged to apply online at and come to the college to discuss an academic plan with an advisor and take class placement tests if necessary. New student orientations are held on various dates and those completing orientation will then register for spring semester classes.

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