Parkland program gives pilots new perspective


CHAMPAIGN — Future pilots at Parkland are getting a new opportunity.

The Institute of Aviation is making an agreement to give students the next step in their futures. Parkland will be signing an agreement with Lewis University, in Romeoville. It will give students the chance to transfer there.

Lewis has seven different aviation programs and offers a four-year degree for future pilots. Parkland’s director says it gives students opportunities for the future. The agreement will be signed this week.

Parkland offers and associate’s degree through its program. The UI used to run the institute. Ownership of the program was transferred to Parkland in 2013.

The institute has been around for more than 70 years, having been founded at UI, in 1946. It was the first aviation school in the U.S. to be certified by the FAA and to conduct all tests leading to issuing civilian pilot certificates.

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