Aviation Academy Partnership Takes Flight with District 214

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Aviation Academy Partnership Takes Flight with District 214

Published: February 4, 2019.

Lewis University’s aviation education is taking off with District 214 students who are interested in aviation careers.

More than 40 District 214 students are currently enrolled in Lewis University’s Aviation Academy, which launched in July 2018. More than 160 District 214 students have already applied for the program next year.

This northern Illinois School District partnership gives high school students the opportunity to complete a full semester of college-level courses at the Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling, Illinois. Dual-credit courses also count toward the student’s high school diploma. Successful Aviation Academy students earn one year of FAA-certified credit hours toward a degree by the time they graduate high school.

“This is a dynamic collaboration between Lewis University, High School District 214, Chicago Executive Airport and Industry to help remedy the growing void for future aviation professionals,” stated R. Eric Jones, co-chair of Aviation and Transportation Studies at Lewis University.

The Aviation Academy sets its graduates on a path to complete the FAA-approved maintenance certificate in 18 months at Lewis University. Aviation Academy graduates interested in any of the aviation degree programs will have advanced standing when they apply for enrollment at Lewis University.

District 214 is committed to providing its students with exciting pathways to careers that are in high demand. Boeing Corporation projects that 1.2 million pilots and technicians will be needed by 2036 to meet the growth in the aviation industry.

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.



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