The Leadership in Flight Training Academy, powered by Republic Airways, and Vincennes University has welcomed the first group of students in its new dual-path aviation education program.
The cohort of 13 students can earn both professional pilot training and a VU associate degree in aviation flight technology through the Indianapolis-based LIFT Academy.
“We are excited to now offer a degree path as an option for students pursuing flight training directly from high school,” said Matt Koscal, senior vice president at Republic Airways.
The partnership provides classroom-to-cockpit training which could help students earn a commercial airline pilot job.
LIFT Academy first launched its flight training in September 2018 at the Indianapolis International Airport. The academy says it has 300 students enrolled in flight training to earn a pilot’s license.
The program has grown to include an educational path to obtain an academic degree.
“This partnership was over two years in the making and brings together academics of Vincennes University and commercial leadership of Republic to create a unique training environment that will best prepare young professionals for an exciting career in aviation,” said Koscal.
The students train in both single-engine and twin-engine aircraft.
Vincennes says in addition to this program with LIFT Academy, students can also continue their education through a “Two-Plus-Two” partnership with Purdue University. It allows students to complete a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Technology on the Indianapolis campus.