Lake Superior College is re–vamping their aviation program, and what better place to showcase their developments than the 2009 EAA Air Show in Oshkosh Wisconsin.
LeAnn Wallace has our story from Oshkosh.
For aviation enthusiasts, Oshkosh Wisconsin's annual air show is the place to be.
"This is our Christmas and New Years and everything wrapped up in one week and the whole aviation world revolves around this air show," says Matt Ferrari, Director of LSC's Center for Advanced Aviation.
That's why Lake Superior College set up shop at the show this year, showcasing their recently enhanced program as well as taking in the many aspects of the aviation industry.
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the number of airline passengers is expected to grow to one billion by 2010, an increase of 59–percent over today's numbers.
But as with most industries, the economy can often make obtaining a job challenging.
Instructors say their students are trained in a wide variety of areas to prepare them for the current job climate.
"We're trying to prepare our students to evolve with it so that they can remain adaptable, be qualified for a couple of different entry level jobs, either flight instructing, maybe flying for a aircraft manufacture delivering aircraft or a commuter regional air carry or charter operation," says Ferrari.
Tom Tonkin, the college's Dean for Business and Industry says many students can begin their careers while finishing up their degrees online.
"They can get the certifications the first year and follow through with their associates degree and all of those classes are online so they can get a job anywhere in the world and finish up their degree program at Lake Superior College."
Instructors say thanks to Duluth based companies Cirrus Aircraft, Monaco Air and North Star Aerospace, they're able to train their students with some of the industry's best airplanes and most up to date technology.
LSC currently has 28 students in the aviation program this summer, and can accommodate another 30 this fall.