Help Us Meet the Growing Need for New Pilots
The flight training program at Kent State supports these programs annually:
Aviation Careers Education (ACE) Academy for high school students
Organization of Black Aerospace Professional (OBAP) supporting diverse high school students
Nikki Kukwa Memorial Aviation Camp for high school girls
Aeronautics Fair for all ages, with more than 4,500 community attendees
Youth Aviation Adventure for middle and high school students
Girls in Aviation Day (part of the greater Women in Aviation, International) reaching elementary, middle and high school girls
Aeronautics Career Fair, Polaris Career Academy, Portage Lakes Career Center (technical prep programs with an aeronautics/aviation focus) for high school students
The Academic Building at Kent State University Airport
As the first, oldest and most accredited collegiate aeronautics program in the State of Ohio by the Aviation Accreditation Board International, Kent State University is home to one of the premier aeronautics programs in the United States. The aeronautics program is anticipating substantial enrollment increases from planned programmatic additions and continued interest in aeronautical careers. The Boeing Company predicts a need for 617,000 new pilots worldwide by 2035. As the industry continues to face an unprecedented pilot shortage, our graduates are becoming more valuable than ever.
At present, the teaching facilities at the airport, in place since the 1970’s, are in disrepair. The creation of a new Academic Building at Kent State University’s Airport will require $6.5 million. This facility will include a 17,800-square-foot building that will house collaborative spaces, classrooms, briefing rooms, simulator rooms and faculty and staff offices.
Last year, a $1.5 million gift from FedEx provided the lead gift to jumpstart the transformation of the aeronautics facilities at Kent State. This transformation is a key priority of the largest and most ambitious campaign in the university’s history, and will focus on developing future generations of talented and well-qualified aviation professionals.
According to Kent State President Beverly Warren, “The College of Aeronautics and Engineering has developed in size and stature into the home of some of the most distinctive programs at Kent State. Our first-class programs in aeronautics are recognized nationally and beyond for their excellence, and it’s long past time that their physical facilities match the innovative and transformative education taking place for our students.”
The College’s programs and facilities equip students to become well-rounded aeronautics professionals who are highly sought after by commercial airlines, corporate flight departments, the military and the FAA. With your help, we can meet this growing demand with professionals who are trained and ready to take their place in the aeronautics industry and pursue successful and rewarding careers.
Please consider making a donation to the College of Aeronautics and Engineering’s academic building at the Kent State University Airport. Naming rights are available.