Minnesota State Mankato, Rochester Community and Technical College Announce Aviation Program Articulation Agreement

Agreement provides students a seamless transfer between programs.

December 11, 2019 | News Story

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Bobby Fleischman (pictured on left), associate vice president of strategic partnerships at Minnesota State University, Mankato, looks on as Jeffery Boyd, president of Rochester Community and Technical College, signs an articulation agreement Dec. 11 in Rochester, Minnesota.

Rochester, Minn. – Rochester Community and Technical College and Minnesota State University, Mankato jointly announced today that they have finalized an articulation agreement which will enable a seamless transition for aviation students to complete a bachelor’s degree at Minnesota State Mankato after completing their associate degree at RCTC.

The agreement specifies admission and graduation requirements of each institution’s program as well as course and credit requirements in each of the two programs. RCTC offers an associate in applied science degree, and Minnesota State Mankato graduates earn a bachelor of science degree.

Rochester Community and Technical College President Jeffery Boyd, Ed.D., and Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport, Ph.D., announced the agreement today. A 2:30 p.m. announcement ceremony was held at the RCTC Aviation Training Center located at the Rochester International Airport in Rochester, Minnesota.

“Rochester Community and Technical College is excited to be partnering with Minnesota State Mankato to offer students interested in the Aviation Pilot program a clear path to success,” said President Boyd. “RCTC has gotten off to a great start with the first class starting last fall and the continuing support of our community and industry partners. Partnering with Minnesota State Mankato’s Aviation Program will benefit our students, communities and the aviation industry.”

“We’re very pleased to collaborate with Rochester Community and Technical College on this initiative that allows aviation students to get a four-year degree at Minnesota State Mankato after earning a two-year degree at RCTC,” said President Davenport. “Minnesota State Mankato’s aviation program has a longstanding reputation of excellence in the aviation industry, and we are proud to be working closely with Minnesota colleges such as RCTC to prepare our aviation program graduates for employment both regionally and nationally.”

For more information contact Rochester Community and Technical College at 507-285-7557 or Minnesota State Mankato’s Aviation Program at 507-389-6116.

Rochester Community and Technical College’s Aviation Pilot Program is designed to educate students who plan a career as a pilot in commercial aviation. The Associate in Applied Science in Aviation Pilot program provides students with the technical knowledge and skills to prepare them for the required Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) written and practical examinations for Commercial Pilot Certificate with Single Engine Airplane Land Rating; Instrument Rating; and the Flight Instructor Single Engine Airplane Certificate with Single Engine Airplane Land Rating for initial employment as aircraft pilots in a variety of entry-level, flight-related occupations. Completion of this program is the initial step in becoming a commercial airline pilot and will prepare students for transfer for completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Aviation Program, the only four-year, accredited program in the Minnesota State System, is part of the University’s College of Education.

Minnesota State Mankato’s B.S. Aviation graduates offer an exceptional value to airlines. Training at Minnesota State Mankato is conducted under exacting FAA Part 141 standards using a proprietary syllabus designed to emphasize automation, multiengine and real-world operations. Students average 20 hours of training in the program’s FAA certified simulator, experiencing average flight conditions as well as emergency situations.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Aviation Program prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities within the field. Students regularly receive employment offers as a result of the Minnesota State Mankato’s numerous partnerships in the airline industry, with companies that include Delta, Endeavor Air, Republic Airline, SkyWest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines and North Star Aviation.

Rochester Community and Technical College and Minnesota State Mankato are part of the Minnesota State system.

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