LAKE IN THE HILLS – Aviation classes for college credit are set to be offered beginning this fall at the Lake in the Hills Airport.
The Kishwaukee College Aviation Flight Program is partnering with Blue Skies Flying Services Inc., which is based at the airport, to offer a beginning aviation class.
The AVF 101 Primary Flight Theory class will be taught at Blue Skies from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept. 4 through Dec. 16.
The class is a four-credit-hour course that addresses the requirements for the Federal Aviation Administration Private Pilot Knowledge Test, as well as the basics for a career in aviation. Credits earned in the course can be applied toward degrees and certificates and can be transferred to several four-year aviation programs, such as the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Lewis University and Southern Illinois University.
Because McHenry County College does not offer an aviation program, a cooperative agreement is available to ensure students receive in-district tuition rates from Kishwaukee, said Matt Feuerborn, associate dean of Career Technologies at Kishwaukee.
Gino DeVivo, the Lake in the Hills economic development coordinator, said there is a hope to expand Kishwaukee's course offerings at the airport.
Kishwaukee expects to draw students from the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
"We have a significant number of students who drive a great distance to Kishwaukee to take classes," Feuerborn said.
Kishwaukee is the only college in the area that has an aviation program that focuses on flight and pilot training.
The class will cost $558 per student and is expected to have up to 15 available spots, Feuerborn said.
"If we need to serve more students, we'll open more classes," he said.
The course also will be open to interested high school students, Feuerborn said.
To help promote the new partnership, there will be an information session where attendees can learn more about the AVF 101 course and steps required to enroll. The session is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Blue Skies Flying Services Inc. at 8411 Pyott Road.
- Joseph Bustos