LaGrange College set to launch aviation program

Published: May. 19, 2023 at 1:39 PM EDT
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LAGRANGE, Ga. (WTVM) - Beginning in the fall semester of 2023, LaGrange College will offer a program in aviation.

The course would allow students to earn a minor in the discipline, while preparing them for careers as airline pilots, private charter pilots, or cargo pilots.

Through the use of a flight simulator on campus, and up to four Cessna Skyhawks, with digital avionics, at nearby LaGrange-Callaway Airport, the program will provide training for Private Pilot Certification, Instrument Flight Rating, and Commercial Pilot Licensing.

Classes will be offered through a partnership with Paragon Flight Training, an award-winning flight training academy based at Page Field in Fort Myers, Florida.

“We look at this partnership with Paragon Flight as an important milestone in creating new educational, and career opportunities for our students,” LaGrange College President Susanna Baxter said. “The option to pursue aviation will open doors to an exciting and growing career field.”

A commercial pilot shortage continues to be a pressing issue in the aviation industry. Recent reports note that over the next 15 years, more than half of current U.S. pilots will have reached the mandatory retirement age of 65.

With the industry already understaffed, Paragon Flight Training President Chris Schoensee said the offering couldn’t come at a better time.

“This aviation program prepares students for a fulfilling career that is in high demand, has a great work-life balance, and has some of the best benefits in the world, all while earning a six-figure income virtually straight out of college,” Schoensee said. “It’s an amazing life path, and this program is going to be a game-changer for interested students.”

In addition to LaGrange College, Paragon Flight participates in flight training programs with Liberty University and Purdue University Global and has also operated a high school aviation program at Evangelical Christian School in Fort Myers since 2014.

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