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Ozarks Technical Community College’s first cohort of aviation students have future options at Missouri State and Drury universities.
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Ozarks Technical Community College’s first cohort of aviation students have future options at Missouri State and Drury universities.

OTC signs second aviation agreement this year

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Ozarks Technical Community College is on a mission to help its students get airborne.

For the second time this year, the Springfield college signed an aviation articulation agreement with another higher education institution, according to a news release. This time it’s with Missouri State University, following a similar partnership with Drury University announced in August that allows OTC students to transfer to the liberal arts school for bachelor’s degrees in general studies or organization communication and development.

Through the agreement with MSU, OTC students completing in the community college’s associate aviation program will have the option to transfer to MSU to earn a bachelor’s of general studies. MSU’s BGS degree allows students to substitute coursework in two or three departments instead of a traditional major or a major with a minor.

Through the degree at MSU, students may then obtain their airline transport pilot license. Twenty-four students — the maximum amount — signed up for OTC’s first aviation program cohort that started this fall, said spokeswoman Laura French. Graduates of the two-year program will be qualified to fly aircraft for the purposes of charter flights, rescue operations and aerial photography.

“This agreement with Missouri State provides more value to the aviation students entering our program,” said Tracy McGrady, OTC provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, in the release. “Following completion of their commercial pilot license and associate degree, our students now have a new path to earn the bachelor’s degree they’ll need if they choose to become airline pilots.”

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