Genesee and Jamestown Community Colleges Announce Three Professional Piloting Program Information Meetings

In a collaborative effort between Genesee Community College and Jamestown Community College (JCC), three meetings have been scheduled to present information on exciting careers in aviation available through the Professional Piloting program and a new Articulation Agreement shared by the two colleges. Students throughout western New York, northern Pennsylvania and beyond can attain their commercial piloting license and launch a rewarding career in a wide range of aviation fields such as flying for a major or regional airline, charter business, freight firm, or for a private individual or company. The three meetings are free, open to public, and are scheduled from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on the following days and locations:

-Monday, June 28 -Dansville Campus Center, 9221 Robert Hart Drive, Dansville: 585-335-7820

-Tuesday, June 29 -Batavia Campus, One College Road, Batavia: 585-345-6888

-Tuesday, July 13 -Orleans Campus Center, 456 West Avenue, Albion: 585-589-4936

Genesee's Community College's Articulation Agreement with Jamestown's Associate in Applied Science-Professional Piloting degree guarantees students in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties who successfully complete an approved list of general education core requirements at Genesee will have all of those credit hours transferred to JCC where they can earn the 31 credit hours of aviation-related course work. Students accrue approximately 250 flight hours and upon completing the course will hold a private pilot license, instrument rating, commercial pilot airplane single-engine land certificate, and certified flight instructor-airplane rating. Students also have the option of earning the multi-engine land and certified flight instructor-instrument ratings. Students enrolled in the Professional Piloting program have the option of doing their ground school and flight training at one of three area aviation centers, specifically Bill Law Aviation in Rochester, Prior Aviation in Buffalo, or Ravenaire in Batavia. "With thousands of airline pilots due for mandatory retirement upon reaching the age of 60, the employment opportunity for new graduates is terrific," said Rick Rupprecht, JCC's aviation coordinator. "Aviation careers involve glamour, prestige, and great salaries?making piloting jobs somewhat competitive. Many students aim for their four-year degree and use our program as a perfect 'runway' toward earning their bachelor's." For enrollment information on the Professional Piloting Program, please contact either college. •Genesee Community College: Career Office at 585-345-6888 or 866-CALL-GCC. •Jamestown Community College: Rick Rupprecht, Aviation Coordinator at 716-665-5220 x 2384 or 800-388-8557.

Contacts for the regional flight instruction providers are:•William Law, President, Bill Law Aviation, Inc., Rochester, NY / 585-328-8830 or email •Gary L. Stevens, Chief Flight Instructor, Prior Aviation Services, Inc., Buffalo Niagara International Airport / 716-633-1000 or go to: •Michael Bronisz, CFII, MEI, with Ravenaire, Genesee County Airport, Batavia, NY / 585-343-7367 or go to:

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