Fairmont State and WVU Tech partner to benefit aviation students

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Fairmont State University and West Virginia University Institute of Technology have come together to reach new heights as they signed a consortial educational agreement that benefits aviation students at both institutions. 

The agreement allows students the ability to take classes from either program in order to complete their degree. 

Fairmont State Provost Dr. Richard Harvey said this is the first step in creating a college-based flight instruction aviation center at the facility in Bridgeport. While they are hoping to establish additional collaborations, this is a great starting point. 

“We’re really excited to be able to support West Virginia University Institute of Technology flight students for the flight portion of the program,” he said. “What we hope to take advantage of most of their curriculum is online, so some of our students can take advantage of online course offerings. It’s a win-win, it’s a nice marriage of programs.”

“This means a tremendous amount for our institution and it’s an opportunity for us to have resources available to us that we don’t currently have as well as providing resources to Fairmont State that they don’t necessarily have,” said Dr. Joan Neff, WVU Tech provost. 

The agreement offers new opportunities to students on both campuses, Neff said, which will allow them to build a skill set that doubles what they might have had otherwise. 

“It’s a good example of how when we partner together and collaborate we can have something more than when we’re each trying to develop different programs on our own,” she said. “I think that’s great.”

Fairmont State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology with three speciality areas including aviation administration professional flight option, aviation administration management option and aviation maintenance management option. 

More information about the Aviation Technology programs through Fairmont State can be found by visiting https://www.fairmontstate.edu/collegeofscitech/academics/aviation-technology-program.

Caption (from left): Flight instructor Joe Oliverio, Chief Pilot and Director of the Aviation Program Joel Kirk, West Virginia University Institue of Technology Provost Joan Neff, Fairmont State University Provost Richard Harvey, Asst. Professor Aviation Jason Vosburgh, and flight instructor Dan McGuffey