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EKU, SKCTC sign aviation program agreement

SKCTC students can earn associate degree at Middlesboro campus, bachelor’s in Richmond

RICHMOND, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2014) — Eastern Kentucky University and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College have entered into an agreement that will allow SKCTC students to enroll in EKU’s Aerospace Technology program, where they can earn an associate degree with all course work offered at the Middlesboro campus. Upon completion of the degree, students can then pursue a bachelor’s degree at EKU’s Richmond campus.

ekuThe memorandum of understanding between both institutions validates the transfer of college credits for local students completing their Associate of Arts degree into EKU’s Bachelor Degree Aviation-Aerospace Technology concentration. In addition to the course-by-course transfer of AA credits, the agreement also allows SKCTC students to complete many EKU-specific lower division courses at the Middlesboro campus. Thus, the agreement is a 2.5 + 1.5 versus the traditional community college/university 2+2 agreement. The final 42 EKU-only credits will be completed online or at the Richmond campus, explained Ralph Gibbs, director of the EKU Aviation Program.

A third partner in the newly forged relationship is the Middlesboro-Bell County Airport and its board of directors. All Southeast student flight training will be conducted at the airport, which is conveniently situated adjacent to the community college. The Eastern Aviation: Aerospace Technology degree pathway has 25 semester hours of any aviation technical electives. Thus, all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificates earned at the Middlesboro airport will be accepted by EKU through the credit-by-examination process to satisfy the academic requirement.

Once completed, Southeast students will have earned their associate degree, all their FAA certificates, private through multi-engine instructor and their Bachelor’s Degree.