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MCCC Aviation Program Announces Agreement with
Ocean County VoTech

12/12/12


West Windsor, N.J. – Ocean County high school students who seek a career in aviation have an exciting opportunity to earn their wings faster, thanks to a new articulation agreement with the Aviation Flight Technology program at Mercer County Community College, located in West Windsor, N.J.

According to Joan Jones, coordinator of MCCC’s aviation program, the college has had a strong relationship with the Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) over the years, but the new agreement enhances what students are able to accomplish while still in high school and accelerates the learning process once they enroll at MCCC. She notes that the college maintains transfer agreements with a number of four-year aviation programs, but this is Mercer’s only agreement at the high school level.

Signed in November, the agreement enables OCVTS students to take two MCCC lecture courses, Aerospace Development (AVI 101) and Aviation Transportation (AVI 102), while in high school at OCVTS, and earn six credits towards their degree as entering Mercer students.
 
“I work closely with Mark Lamb, OCVTS’s aviation instructor, through our membership in the New Jersey Aviation Education Council,” Jones said.  “This group has been very supportive and effective in helping us publicize our program to high school students, guidance counselors and college admissions counselors.”  In November, Jones was appointed to the OCVTS’s Aviation Advisory Commission.

Jones notes that the agreement, along with her participation as an advisory commission member, will further strengthen the educational experience for students.  (An agreement that had been in place in the past has been dormant for several years.)


Mark Lamb, OCVTS’s aviation instructor, with MCCC Professor Joan Jones, coordinator of the Aviation Flight Technology program.

The OCVTS program, directed by Mark Lamb, offers students 900 hours of instruction about aviation, including topics in piloting, maintenance and more.  Jones said that all flight training takes place through Mercer's flight facility at the Trenton-Mercer Airport. at Mercer once students have enrolled in the Aviation Program.

“A wonderful feature of the OCVTS program is that students learn so much about airplanes, regulations and aerodynamics.  They enter our program highly prepared, which bodes very well for their success,” Jones said.

Read more About the MCCC Aviation Flight Technology Program here.

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