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Aviation Technology

Western Colorado Community College is pleased to offer an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Aviation Technology Fixed-Wing Program. Students will earn their FAA certifications as a Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot with an Instrument Rating and Certified Flight Instructor, preparing them for rewarding careers as a professional pilot. In addition, students will develop their aviation knowledge and skills through challenging classroom activities and simulations, hands-on flight and ground instruction, and interaction with local leaders in the aviation industry. The program also provides students with the current pedagogy in aviation to help prepare our Aviation Technology graduates for Bachelors programs in Aviation Science.

The two-year program includes both traditional classes as well as ground and flight training. Students will graduate with approximately 230 flight hours. This is in addition to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Aviation Technology.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire substantial aeronautical knowledge of Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot and Instrument Flight contained in a FAA Part 141 curriculum. 
  2. Demonstrate flight proficiency skills in Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot and Instrument Flight operations contained in a FAA Part 141 curriculum. 
  3. Demonstrate strong quantitative literacy skills and the ability to think critically in a demanding environment.

The aviation program has been approved for federal financial aid and most of the classes are eligible for funding through the GI Bill®. There are additional expenses for students beyond tuition and fees to cover the costs for in-flight instruction. 

For a list of possible aviation scholarships to help pay for flight training go to the following FAA Website at www.faa.gov/education/grants_and_scholarships/aviation.

For more information on the Aviation Program please contact WCCC Student Services at 970.255.2670 or email wccc@coloradomesa.edu

For a complete description of the program and estimated cost by semester see the Associate of Applied Science Aviation Technology Fixed-Wing Information & Application Pack

Emphasis/Degree Options

Associate of Applied Science

Aviation Technology Fixed-Wing

Program Sheet

Financial Aid Process

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA), More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. Government Website at  www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Job Opportunities

link to aviation job search