California Aeronautical University (CAU) announced their growing aviation university has officially opened the doors of its newest campus located in the greater Phoenix area at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa, Arizona. CAU has been working diligently to expand its offerings into new markets to prepare the next generation of aviation professionals with its specialized programs. Through the university's outreach efforts and programs, CAU's goal is to open the eyes of young people to the possibility of starting careers as professional pilots and aviation business professionals.
CAU's approvals to operate provide educational pursuits in a number of fast-paced, structured year-round aviation-related degree programs that prepare students for a wide range of potential career opportunities in the aviation industry. CAU’s curricula includes programs with professional flight training and aviation business courses that prepare students for exciting careers.
"Most students don't even consider careers as pilots because they think it's out of reach," says California Aeronautical University President Matthew Johnston. “We hope to show students that becoming an aviation professional is not only possible but is a realistic long-term career option. CAU serves students from all over the globe between our Bakersfield, California, campus, flight centers in California, and now with the most recent opening of our campus in the greater Phoenix area at Falcon Field.”
Falcon Field Airport has been committed to providing the public a valuable air transportation resource and enhancing the aeronautical industry in the community. It is known as a safe, friendly airport and takes pride in its unique history. With more than 300,000 operations annually, Falcon Field consistently ranks among the top five most active general aviation airports in the United States.
Through CAU’s Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and the Associate of Science in Aviation Studies programs, students earn numerous certificates and ratings along with their degree. All courses, including flight labs, are taught at the campus by CAU instructors. This allows for more convenience and consistency for CAU students. The programs that will be offered at the Phoenix Campus are Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and Associate of Science in Aviation Studies. Students can also pursue online a Master of Science in Aviation and Master of Business Administration through CAU’s distance education.
CAU’s expansion efforts derive from the need of gainfully employed aviation professionals. Through its graduate services efforts that begin from the moment of acceptance, the university’s students receive professional development that assist them in putting their best foot forward as they enter the aviation career market. These efforts are assisted with frequent visits from employers from its many partners in aviation that include armed forces, regional airlines, and others.
CAU – Phoenix-Falcon Field (FFZ) campus is physically located at 4710 East Falcon Drive, Suite 105, Mesa, AZ 85215 and is currently accepting new students. The university encourages applicants to visit its website calaero.edu for ongoing in-depth webinars and schedule to meet virtually with Admissions. — Tamu Smith-Kohls