About the Aviation Academy
Are you ready to start the exciting journey of becoming an aviation professional? Let your future take flight by joining the CCBC Aviation Academy. Through the Academy, high school students in grades 9 through 12 at participating school districts have the opportunity to spend half of their high school experience in CCBC’s programs at the Aviation Sciences Center, learning about careers in STEM. Students who devote four years to this program have the opportunity to graduate from high school with over half of a CCBC associate degree completed.
Students of the Aviation Academy will:
- Experience hands-on instruction from caring and dedicated faculty
- Become more skilled in aviation, science, technology, engineering and math
- Develop and demonstrate responsibility and accountability
- Thrive in an environment of higher behavioral expectations
- Acquire skills for effective leadership and lifelong learning
- Begin an exciting college education
- Prepare for dynamic, lifelong careers in the aviation field
Aviation Academy programs include air traffic control, professional pilot, unmanned aerial vehicle and aerospace management.
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Vision & Mission
To establish and maintain a culture of aviation and excellence by providing the opportunity for students to pursue their aspirations within the aerospace industry; we emphasize:
Integrity, Professionalism, & Pursuit of Excellence
Provide a rigorous educational program with an aviation focus that prepares students for unlimited opportunities, including college achievement, career success, and engaged citizenship
If you're a high school student, parent, or representative and want to learn more about the Aviation Academy, contact Bill Pinter, Director of Aviation, at 724-480-3604 or email@example.com.
Why Should You Join the Aviation Academy?
The Aviation Academy is an elite program with high standards that helps students excel.
- Builds and maintains a well-prepared and disciplined environment
- Holds all students to high standards and considers every student a unique individual with potential for success
- Upholds important character values such as respect, trust, and care within our school environment and for the wider community
- Offers rigorous academic and technical training that builds discipline and confidence
- Offers a unique aviation education
- Champions the age-old philosophy that people learn best by doing
- Employs a diverse staff of motivated, quality educators and leaders
- Assists in graduating students with post-secondary and career opportunities, and core aviation training
The Aviation Academy is the cost effective choice for aviation education.
CCBC Aviation Programs
Associate Degree (62/63 credits)
Tuition and fees: $8900
CCBC Associate Degree + Direct Transfer to 4-year Public Aviation College
Total Cost for bachelor’s degree: $30,900
Additional flying costs: $29,600
(for PA residents, including private pilot license, instrument rating, and commercial rating)
TOTAL COST for CCBC associate degree + bachelor’s degree + flying costs: $60,500
Private College Aviation Programs
4 year, 120+ credits
Tuition and Fees: $128,000
Room & Board: $40,000
TOTAL COST for bachelor’s degree: $168,000
Note: All costs are estimates based on current tuition rates and fees and are subject to change.
The Aviation Academy prepares you for a lifelong career with excellent pay and benefits.
Air Traffic Control
Starting Pay Trainee: $40,000
Upgrading in Field (3 years): $55-105,000
Fully Qualified: $115-180,000
Retirement: immediate pension
Age 23: Regional Pilot, $30,000
Age 28: Major Airline Pilot, $60-125,000
Age 33: Major Airline Captain, $150-250,000
Age 65: Mandatory Retirement
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Starting Pay: $50-$80,000
Mid-level Experience: $90-120,000
Senior Experience: $125-200,000
Excellent benefit packages
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can enroll in the Aviation Academy?
Students who are in grades 9 through 11 at a participating high school and meet all eligibility requirements can enroll in the Aviation Academy. Enrollment must be approved by the student's parent or legal guardian and the high school principal or designee.
Where and when are the courses taught? And who teaches them?
Courses are taught at CCBC's Aviation Sciences Center in Chippewa Township. Students will attend their regular high school classes in the morning and the Aviation Academy courses in the afternoon. All courses are taught by CCBC faculty members.
How much do the Aviation Academy courses cost?
Do Academy students have to buy College textbooks?
CCBC will work with school districts and the CCBC bookstore as much as possible to reduce textbook costs; however, parents should be prepared to purchase college textbooks as necessary.