SBBCollege's new Aviation Degree has been featured on local news station KEYT News Channel 3, with reporter Kelsey Gerckens taking control of an aircraft during a tester flight.
The new aviation program is being launched to train local students to become qualified commercial pilots. The students will undertake an accelerated Associate of Science in Aviation degree spanning two years. The inaugural class will start in October 2014 and is being delivered from their Ventura campus based at SBB College Aviation Pilot Education Center at Camarillo Airport.
SBBC has created this program in response to a recent industry forecast projecting almost half a million new commercial pilots will be required globally in the next 20 years (source). There are a number of factors involved in this shortfall, including the retirement of a generation of pilots in the U.S., and the growth of air travel markets around the world.
The program provides theory, hands on instruction and flight time which will allow students who complete the program to sit for five aviation licenses: Private pilot, instrument-rated pilot, commercial pilot — single engine, commercial pilot — multi engine, certified flight instructor.
The course has been designed to prepare students to fill roles across the aviation industry, predominantly the regional and airline major carrier industry.
Santa Barbara Business College has partnered with Channel Islands Aviation who will assist in providing flight training. Channel Islands Aviation, founded 40 years ago, provides private and professional flight training, aircraft sales and rentals.
To enter the program you must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, and be able to pass a medical certification from an FAA certified examiner. Traditional educational financing and financial aid is available to those who qualify.
SBBCollege is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. For information on graduation rates, median debt of graduates completing these programs and other important information, visit sbbcollege.edu/consumerinformation. SBBCollege offers financial aid to those who qualify. Programs vary by campus location.