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Sandhills Signs Aviation Agreement with ECSU

Rebecca Roush on a flight simulator at ECSU with Orestes Gooden.

Rebecca Roush, VP of Academic Affairs at Sandhills Community College is at the helm of one of the flight simulators at ECSU with Orestes Gooden, a faculty member in the ECSU aviation program. Roush was on the campus to sign an agreement that can move SCC aviation graduates transfer students into their Aviation Science program.

Sandhills Community College has joined forces with Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) to educate the next generation of aviators.

In February, SCC signed an agreement with officials from ECSU. The agreement can bring transfer students into ECSU’s Aviation Science program in Elizabeth City.

“Aviation Science is the signature program that makes us unique from any other university in North Carolina,” said ECSU Chancellor Karrie Dixon. ECSU is the only four-year university in North Carolina offering a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Science. The university currently operates a 10-fleet airplane flight program and this fall will launch a bachelor program in unmanned aerial systems, or drones.

Along with Sandhills, Guilford Technical Community College and Lenoir Community College currently offer aviation programs. None of these colleges have been able to transfer students to a public North Carolina university to advance their aviation degree work, until now.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this transfer pathway,” said Rebecca Roush, VP of Academic Affairs at Sandhills. “Being able to begin at Sandhills and move to ECSU will save students a considerable amount of money when compared to the cost of four-year undergraduate aviation programs at private and out-of-state universities.”

Aviation is one of the fastest growing career fields in the country. Currently, the industry is experiencing a shortage of pilots and more pilots are due to retire over the next decade.

Sandhills students who earn an Associates in Applied Science degree can transfer to ECSU to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Science. These students can minor in flight education, aviation management, air traffic control, or avionics.

Fall semester 2018 began the college’s Aviation program. The first cohort will graduate in May 2020.

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