aviation education

Southwestern Illinois College Adds Additional Aviation Programs

Contributed by Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Board Member, Keith Mueller

Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) located in Belleville, Illinois is expanding its aviation programs.  Currently the college offers AAS degrees in Aviation Pilot Training, Aviation Management and Aviation Maintenance.  Starting August 29th and 30th Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) will be adding a BS degree in Aviation Management to the Belleville campus through their extended campus program.  The BS degree’s 48 semester hour core is offered on a weekend format through SIUC and can be completed in as little as 16 months. 

The Aviation Management BS degree is designed to build upon technical training in aviation maintenance, flight, avionics technology, air traffic control, aircraft operations support and other aviation related technical fields.  This is a career orientated degree program that meets the educational needs of individuals who have aviation related work experience and/or technical training from military schools, technical institutes, community colleges, or industry training programs.  The program includes advanced practical course work in the areas of aviation, management and supervision.    

Bringing the BS degree to SWIC makes it easy for students in the St. Louis area seeking an aviation related BS degree the ability to accomplish it on a convenient Saturday and Sunday schedule.  Classes will be held on Saturdays and Sundays at 8:00am through 4:30 PM at the SWIC Belleville campus.

 SWIC is also adding an Aircraft Dispatcher program that is planned to start in early 2016.  The program consists of seven 3 semester hour courses that are offered on an evening format.  Students already enrolled in the Aviation Pilot and Aviation Management AAS degree programs fulfill the need of several of the required classes through the degree program requirements.  Depending on their degree election, most students will only need to complete additional 2-3 classes to be eligible for the dispatcher program certification.

SWIC is partnered with industry through Trans States Airlines based in St. Louis with internships for the students providing them a unique opportunity for employment and on the job airline operations training.

Contact the coordinator at 618-222-5683 if you or someone you know is interested in any of the SWIC or SIUC programs. 

Isn’t it about time your aviation career takes off!!!!!!