Lake Superior College and Minnesota State University, Mankato jointly announced Friday an articulation agreement that will enable a smooth transition for aviation students to complete degree programs at each institution.
The articulation agreement is designed to promote student completion of the “Associate of Applied Science in Professional Pilot” degree program at Lake Superior College and then provide a seamless transfer for those students to Minnesota State Mankato’s “Bachelor of Science in Aviation” degree program.
The agreement specifies admission and graduation requirements of each institution’s program and course and credit requirements in each of the two programs.
Lake Superior College President Patricia Rogers and Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport announced the agreement at a morning ceremony at the LSC Center for Advanced Aviation in Duluth.
“Lake Superior College is excited to be partnering with Minnesota State Mankato to offer students interested in the professional pilot program a clear path to success,” said Rogers. “Enrollment in the pilot program at LSC has been on the rise thanks to the quality program we offer and the strong support of our community and industry partners. We know we will need to continue that growth in order to keep up with increasing workforce demands in aviation, especially the growing need for pilots. Partnering with Minnesota State Mankato’s aviation program is a win/win for both of our schools, our state’s and nation’s workforce and most importantly our students.”
Lake Superior College’s Professional Pilot Program is designed to meet the needs of students who plan a career as a pilot in commercial aviation. The program leads to Federal Aviation Administration certification as a commercial pilot with an instrument rating. Students in this program begin flight training by the second week of class, and should earn their private Pilot license in their very first semester. Enrollment in LSC’s pilot program is up 31% this year.
Lake Superior College has recently been recognized by an approved national training facility by Delta Airlines, as well as AAR. LSC provides aviation degrees in professional pilot, aviation maintenance technology and aviation management.
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 Minnesota State Mankato’s numerous partnerships in the airlines industry, with companies that include Delta, Endeavor Air, Republic Airline, SkyWest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines and North Star Aviation.
“We welcome the opportunity to partner with Lake Superior College on providing aviation students a smooth path to earning first their two-year degree at LSC and eventually a four-year degree at Minnesota State Mankato,” said Davenport. “Through the degree programs of our two schools, this articulation agreement is also very important to helping fill the employment needs of the airline industry.”
Minnesota State Mankato and Lake Superior College are part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.