Education Briefs

Vermont Tech introduces aviation program

Vermont Technical College, in partnership with the Vermont Flight Academy, has announced the opening of a new Bachelor of Science degree program in Aviation: Professional Pilot Technology. The program will begin admitting students this fall and will bring the number of bachelor’s degrees offered by the school to 12.

According to Brent Sargent, Dean of Vermont Tech’s Williston campus, a degree in Professional Pilot Technology will provide graduates with a comprehensive understanding of the sciences and technologies involved in aviation, and the communication skills necessary to perform and compete in the aviation industry.

Graduates of the new program will hold multiple Federal Aviation Administration pilot certificates and ratings and will be prepared to meet the multiple challenges that a career in aviation requires. Most major airlines now require their pilots to have a baccalaureate degree, preferably in aviation.

“Vermont offers a unique training environment for pilots because of its topography, quiet air space, and varied weather conditions,” Sargent said, “all of which allow students to develop important skill sets related to flying in all kinds of conditions. And, Vermont Tech is an ideal location for the program due to its excellent teaching faculty, consistently high job placement rate, and proximity to Burlington International Airport.”

The Vermont Flight Academy is the only flight school in Vermont that is sanctioned, regulated, and monitored by the FAA under 14 CFR Part 141. It offers flight trainings from private to commercial pilot, and was created to promote general aviation through a program of high-quality training at a competitive cost.

Scholars Bowl on a roll

Champlain Valley Union High School’s Scholars Bowl team reached the semifinal round of the VT-NEA State Tournament playoffs on Jan. 29. CVU won all five of its preliminary playoff matches at Montpelier High School. The team will be seeded No. 1 in the final playoffs and has earned a bye into the semifinal rounds. The playoff semifinals and finals will be held at Champlain College on March 26.

CVU is 32-1 on the season, and has won 24 consecutive matches. The team has now reached at least the semifinals of the state playoffs seven times in the past 10 years. Participants for CVU on Jan. 29 included seniors Rubin Goldberg, Nick Chlumecky, Krysta Dummit, and Geoff Matthews, and juniors Liam Kelley and Phil Clark.

Future business leaders qualify for national competition

A team from Champlain Valley Union High School FBLA won the Vermont LifeSmarts Competition, held in Montpelier on Feb. 10. The team consists of Adam Kaufman, Jeffrey Wettstein, Jacob Grasso, and Drew Nick. The win qualifies the team to participate in the national competition in Los Angeles, Calif. at the end of April.