Blue Ridge Community College, based in Weyers Cave, Va., will begin offering a portion of its aviation technology curriculum online on Oct. 17—which will make it the first program in the country to embrace online education. School officials said that the decision to offer portions of the degree program online will allow the college to reach students who don’t live in the immediate area or are unable to attend the in-person classes at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, The News Virginian reported.
The college will offer students the option of taking classes like applied math, reciprocating engines, and computer-assisted drawing classes online. The five-year-old program is already one of only four that is one-year long.
In order to pass the 13 federal exams necessary to receive certification students are required to attend classes and labs for eight hours a day, five days a week in an airport hangar. The classes, which can run for up to six hours, cover subjects like general airframe and engines and props.
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