Cessna Chooses Kent State as a 2016 Top Hawk University Partner

Aeronautics Program to receive a Cessna aircraft and an internship opportunity for a Kent State student 

Kent State University’s Aeronautics Program in the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology is one of four universities nationwide to be selected as a partner school for Cessna’s 2016 Top Hawk program. The program encourages the pursuit of careers in aviation and provides students access to industry-leading aircraft. The program also offers an internship opportunity for a Kent State student in the summer of 2016. 

“This is a great opportunity for the Kent State Aeronautics Program to continue to partner with Cessna,” said Robert Sines, interim dean of Kent State’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology. “We appreciate the opportunity to collaboratively promote both our outstanding brands.”

In February, the college will receive a Kent State-branded Cessna® Skyhawk® 172 aircraft, a preferred flight trainer to be used for recruiting, training and promotional activities, for one year. The Skyhawk is renowned for offering the best combination of proven reliability and modern features, including the G1000 avionics system. 

In addition to supporting typical flight training operations, the Top Hawk aircraft will be flown by three of Kent States’ female pilots as they participate in the 2016 Air Race Classic, be used in the conduct of outreach events in at least 15 states represented by Kent State’s flight instructors and students, provide exploration flights for each of the Aeronautics Program’s summer aviation education camps and be featured at the 2016 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 

Maureen McFarland, senior academic program director of Kent State’s Aeronautics Program, expressed her appreciation to Cessna and shared that the college will be creating a social media presence for the plane.

“We’re thankful for the opportunity Cessna has given us to market two amazing products: their aircraft and our students,” McFarland said. “We have more than 15 outreach events planned throughout the spring and summer, so stayed tuned for our Top Hawk’s tweets and Facebook posts. It will have a great story to share.”  

The Aeronautics Program at Kent State offers students a bachelor’s of science degree focused in one of six distinct areas, including an aerospace engineering program and its foundational flight training program. Students also can expand their academic credentials through one of the program’s five minors, including a Part 65 aircraft dispatcher program.

For more information about Kent State’s Aeronautics Program, visit www.kent.edu/cae/aeronautics.

In addition to Kent State, the other 2016 Top Hawk university partner are LeTourneau University, Purdue University and Westminster College. For more information about Cessna’s Top Hawk program, visit http://cessna.txtav.com/tophawk.

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Media Contacts:
Maureen McFarland, mmcfarl2@kent.edu, 330-672-9867
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595

POSTED: Friday, January 29, 2016 12:00 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM
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