are now available for students interested in enrolling in the Parkland College Institute of Aviation at the University of Illinois.
This fall, Parkland will begin providing a two-year aviation-related Associate in Science degree program that continues the pilot training activities of the U of I’s Institute of Aviation, scheduled to expire next summer.
Students seeking commercial pilot licenses may transfer into aviation-related bachelor’s degree studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign or other four-year schools, upon completion of the Parkland program. Parkland’s flight curriculum also includes a smaller set of courses for private pilot licensing. Forms for admission to the program are available online at www.parkland.edu/aviation
A three-year intergovernmental agreement with the UIUC is transitioning the university's aviation programming to Parkland. Parkland will maintain flight training operations at the UIUC’s Willard Airport, leasing its facilities and aircraft to do so. The university also provided marketing support to the community college to promote the transition.
In addition, both educational institutions are currently working toward establishing aviation as a “Pathway Program” at Parkland, under which students may enroll in Parkland’s aviation program and simultaneously pursue bachelor’s degree studies at the University of Illinois.