Minnesota State Mankato, Lake Superior College Announce Aviation Program Articulation Agreement

Agreement provides students a seamless transfer between programs.

October 31, 2019 | News Story

Lake Superior College President Patricia Rogers (left in photo), shakes hands with Bobby Fleischman, associate vice president for strategic partnerships at Minnesota State University, Mankato, after the two institutions agreed to an articulation agreement for their aviation programs. Also pictured are Sheri Sargent (center), Minnesota State Mankato's chief of staff; Jean Haar (fourth from left), dean of Minnesota State Mankato's College of Education; and Luke Howk (fifth from left), director of partnerships at Minnesota State Mankato.

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato and Lake Superior College jointly announced today that they have finalized an articulation agreement that will enable a smooth transition for aviation students to complete degree programs at each institution.

The articulation agreement is designed to promote student completion of the “Associate of Applied Science in Professional Pilot” degree program at Lake Superior College and then provide a seamless transfer for those students to Minnesota State Mankato’s “Bachelor of Science in Aviation” degree program.

The agreement specifies admission and graduation requirements of each institution’s program as well as course and credit requirements in each of the two programs.

Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport and Lake Superior College President Patricia Rogers announced the agreement at an 11 a.m. ceremony at the LSC Center for Advanced Aviation in Duluth, Minnesota.

“We welcome the opportunity to partner with Lake Superior College on providing aviation students a smooth path to earning first their two-year degree and eventually a four-year degree at Minnesota State Mankato,” said Davenport. “Through the degree programs of our two schools, this articulation agreement is also very important to helping fill the employment needs of the airline industry.”

“Lake Superior College is excited to be partnering with Minnesota State Mankato to offer students interested in the professional pilot program a clear path to success,” said Rogers. “Enrollment in the pilot program at LSC has been on the rise thanks to the quality program we offer and the strong support of our community and industry partners. We know we will need to continue that growth in order to keep up with increasing workforce demands in aviation, especially the growing need for pilots. Partnering with Minnesota State Mankato’s aviation program is a win/win for both of our schools, our state’s and nation’s workforce and most importantly our students.”

For more information, contact Lake Superior College at 218-733-7600 or Minnesota State Mankato’s Aviation Program at 507-389-6116.

Lake Superior College’s Professional Pilot Program is designed to meet the needs of students who plan a career as a pilot in commercial aviation. The program leads to Federal Aviation Administration certification as a commercial pilot with an instrument rating. Students in this program begin flight training by the second week of class, and should earn their private Pilot license in their very first semester. Enrollment in LSC’s pilot program is up 31% this year.

Lake Superior College has recently been recognized by an approved national training facility by Delta Airlines, as well as AAR. LSC provides aviation degrees in professional pilotaviation maintenance technology and aviation management.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Aviation Program, the only four-year, accredited program in the Minnesota State system, is part of the University’s College of Education.

Minnesota State Mankato’s B.S. Aviation graduates offer an exceptional value to airlines. Training at Minnesota State Mankato is conducted under exacting FAA Part 141 standards using a proprietary syllabus designed to emphasize automation, multiengine and real-world operations. Students average 20 hours of training in the program’s FAA certified simulator, experiencing average flight conditions as well as emergency situations.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Aviation Program prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities within the field. Students regularly receive employment offers as a result of Minnesota State Mankato’s numerous partnerships in the airlines industry, with companies that include Delta, Endeavor Air, Republic Airline, SkyWest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines and North Star Aviation.

Minnesota State Mankato and Lake Superior College are part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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