Daniel Webster College students may obtain credit for flight training conducted at Pilgrim Aviation through a transfer articulation agreement starting in the spring 2015 term.
Under the agreement, students will able to earn credits toward general electives for a number of degree programs at the Nashua, New Hampshire-based school. Glenn Carter, dean of the college’s School of Aviation Science, said students who earn their private pilot certificate through Pilgrim may apply 18 semester credits toward general electives, while those who complete their instrument training may earn 11.
Carter stressed that this does not represent a return of Daniel Webster College’s flight program, which closed its doors after ITT Educational Services took ownership of the college in 2009. The Pilgrim Aviation agreement allows students who want to pursue careers as professional pilots “a little bit better option than to get into a flight degree,” Carter said, because their degree will offer a “Plan B” if a medical or other type of issue makes them unable to fly professionally down the road.
An additional benefit of working with Pilgrim Aviation, according to Carter, is that the Cessna Pilot Center’s training modules are high quality and kept up to date. He said he studied the courses and compared them to Daniel Webster’s previous flight training courses to prepare for the articulation agreement, and found that the Pilgrim courses are more current with technology than the old Daniel Webster courses. “If you’re not managing that program and updating it year by year, you start getting behind,” he said. Accepting transfer credits from Pilgrim Aviation also means that Daniel Webster will not have to bear the expense of owning aircraft, as it did before.