SCTC Forms Aviation Advisory Committee

Date Posted: September 30, 2020

Southern Crescent Technical College Academic Affairs Division recently held the first meeting of the newly-formed Aviation Advisory Committee to discuss and explore new career pathways and new program offerings for students in the aviation industry.

The purpose of the Aviation Advisory Committee is twofold.  First, the committee will serve in an advisory capacity for the College’s new Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drone Technology) Technical Certificate of Credit.  Second, the committee will assist the College in conducting a needs assessment for future aviation program offerings.

This committee included representatives from Delta TechOps, Federal Aviation Administration, Griffin-Spalding County Airport, Griffin-Spalding County Schools, Griffin Region College and Career Academy, and Southern Crescent Technical College.

This initial meeting covered Southern Crescent Technical College’s plans to enter into the field of aviation maintenance and the partnerships needed to move forward with the approval and accreditation process.

Southern Crescent Technical College is in the early planning stages to seek approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop an aviation maintenance program.  Currently, Southern Crescent Technical College has plans to begin offering Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drone Technology) Technical Certificate of Credit in January 2021 pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and is currently in the planning stages to offer an Aircraft Structural Technology Diploma and an Aircraft Structural Maintenance Technical Certificate of Credit. Once final approval is granted from the FAA, SCTC plans to expand the aviation offerings to include an Aviation Maintenance Technology Diploma that would qualify graduates to test for FAA licensure.

Dr. Alvetta Thomas, President of Southern Crescent Technical College stated, “We are excited about the opportunity to expand our program offerings to include careers in the aviation industry. We are aware of the great demand for jobs and want to do everything within our ability to meet that need for the employers in our area. With our proximity to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the presence of other local airports and aircraft service companies in our immediate area, Southern Crescent Technical College is in the perfect position to make a tremendous impact of the aviation workforce.”

Thomas continued, “The key to our success is strong partnerships.  We look forward to working with our K-12 partners and industry experts on our Aviation Advisory Committee to plan a strong aviation career pathway for our students. Opportunities for careers in aviation will greatly benefit our entire service area.”