Anoka-Hennepin to offer courses in aviation technology

The college careers of Anoka-Hennepin School District students interested in aeronautics will soon take flight thanks to a partnership with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) and Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU).

Starting next fall, Anoka-Hennepin’s Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP) will begin offering courses in aviation technology. Students who take the courses will not be required to repeat classes once they’re enrolled in the aviation program at MSU.

“In this agreement, the specified aviation occupations curriculum at the high school level is linked with the curriculum of specified aviation occupations program(s) at the post-secondary level in such a way that duplication and overlap of instruction is virtually eliminated,” said Dr. Janese Thatcher, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) manager of aviation education.

MnDOT’s aeronautics office helped make the aviation technology articulation agreement possible.

While this agreement is a great opportunity for Anoka-Hennepin students, it’s also a boon for Minnesota, which loses nearly $48 million in tuition dollars annually to aviation colleges and universities outside of the state, Thatcher said.

Anoka-Hennepin’s STEP is a high school in a college setting where students explore hands-on careers, fulfill district academic requirements and have the opportunity to earn high school and college credit.

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