Sporty’s and University of Cincinnati – Clermont Celebrate 25 Years of Partnership
For 25 years, Sporty’s Academy has partnered with the University of Cincinnati – Clermont College to offer a two-year associate degree program in aviation technology. At the completion of this degree, students continue their studies transitioning into one of multiple baccalaureate tracks while working as flight instructors at Sporty’s Academy. Graduates will acquire up to 800 hours of total flying experience. This desirable experience and skill set allows graduates to succeed in a variety of aviation career paths.
“Working with the University of Cincinnati is a great example of leveraging the core strengths of two highly regarded organizations to provide an educational offering unique to our region,” said Sporty’s Academy President Eric Radtke. “Our graduates have helped to ease the growing demand for pilots in all areas.”
At the beginning, Joe Vorbeck, who many may remember as the former chair of general aviation training at Purdue University, was working at Sporty’s developing training materials so he was an ideal candidate to establish this new collegiate aviation program. Joe’s work led to the University of Cincinnati filing a new program application with the Ohio Board of Regents in May 1991. That application was approved in time for the first class of UC Clermont’s Aviation Technology Program to begin in the fall of 1992.
“The 25th anniversary of UC Clermont’s aviation program is a great example of a private/public partnership,” said Dean Jeff Bauer. “The support of Sporty’s Academy, and founders Hal and Sandy Shevers, have helped make this program among the best in the country. We are proud to continue to offer such an opportunity to students and our community.”
The program delivers a variety of experiential learning opportunities as well in the form of partnerships, co-ops and internships. “The experience and diverse experience acquired during the program allows University of Cincinnati graduates to excel in a variety of aviation fields,” says Radtke. “Our alumni represent every imaginable segment within aviation, from airlines to corporate flight departments to the armed forces.”
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