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Want a Career That's Taking Off? Try Business Aviation

Ohio's colleges and universities are responding to the expansion of a local aircraft business by offering courses that prepare students for careers in the field of aviation. The Ohio Board of Regents is partnering with Sinclair Community College, Columbus State, and Cincinnati State community colleges and with Ohio State, Ohio, Bowling Green State, and Kent State universities to develop aviation and aviation support degrees in an effort to provide local labor for Columbus-based NetJets Inc. and private enterprises that have their own aircraft. "We would love to see [graduates] achieve their career goals here in Ohio," said Director Tom Fellrath of the regents' Ohio Skills Bank. The stagnating economy is not affecting the aviation industry, where baby boomer retirements are leaving more and more positions open, according to an executive at the National Business Aviation Association. Sinclair, which will offer a beginner-level business aviation course starting in the spring semester of 2009, has seen many graduates of its aviation technology track become pilots, flight attendants, and flight dispatchers. Sinclair graduate Jamie Thomas, who now runs his own business aircraft business, Maximum Flight Advantages LLC, advises students to also take courses in mathematics, science, and business before entering the business end of the industry.

December 14, 2008

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