MISD, LeTourneau University, Collin College Partnership Means New Opportunities for Aviation Students
Photo Credit: McKinney ISD
November 17, 2015
By S. Mauldin
McKinney Independent School District
McKinney, Texas - When representatives from LeTourneau University, Collin College and the McKinney Independent School District gathered at McKinney National Airport on Monday to formalize a unique three-way partnership, their signatures ushered in a new era of opportunity for MISD aviation students. “This is going to open more opportunities for our kids to take more dual credit courses,” said Dr. Tamy Smalskas, MISD Senior Director of College and Career Readiness. “Through this partnership, they can take dual credit core content area courses through Collin College and earn an associate’s degree, and all of those courses are transferrable to a bachelor’s degree in aviation at LeTourneau. Basically, LeTourneau and Collin College are partnering on their courses for our students, and we’re partnering with LeTourneau in the aviation field.”
The district’s aviation program has taken off over the last four years, growing from about 40 students in 2011 to 200 by 2013. Since then, the number of students interested in aviation has remained strong.
The presence of an FAA approved flight simulator on which students can log a portion of their flight training hours, can help save students and their parents a lot of money. And, access has always been one of the primary goals for Smalskas. “I want [the aviation] program to be available for all kids,” said Smalskas in 2013.
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