Educational Opportunities

In the Piedmont Aviation Triad, the sky is the limit. There is no better time to begin your exciting new career in the aviation and aerospace industry. Get information on these great North Carolina schools and let your dreams take flight!

 

 

Guilford Technical Community College 

Offering associate degrees and diplomas, Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) campuses include an aviation center at Piedmont Triad International Airport. Certification is offered in:

  • Aerostructures Manufacturing and Repair
  • Aviation Electronics
  • Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology
  • Aviation Systems Technology

The college also boasts several high-tech flight simulators, approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as advanced aviation training devices (AATD).

 

Davidson County Community College

The College of Davidson and Davie Counties (DCCC) has multiple locations across the Piedmont Triad. DCCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees in a number of aviation fields and specializations. Explore high-tech programs such as:

  • Computer Integrated Machining
  • Welding Technology
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Systems Technology

In addition to their aviation manufacturing programs, DCCC also offers degrees in aviation support roles such as accounting and business administration.

Forsyth Technical Community College 

Forsyth Technical Community College (Forsyth Tech) is the fifth largest community college in North Carolina, serving the Triad with more than 10 locations. Forsyth Tech’s Advanced Manufacturing programs offer a degree, diploma or certificate in:

  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Computer-Integrated Machining
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Welding Technology
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Systems Technology

Forsyth Tech is currently working to build an aviation education center directly at Smith Reynolds Airport to provide hands-on industry training.

Randolph Community College

Randolph Community College (RCC) offers more than 30 vocational and technical degree programs, including a college transfer program. RCC’s innovative University Center of Randolph County, a collaborative effort with area colleges and universities, allows students to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in selected fields. Explore aviation programs such as:

  • Welding Technology
  • Computer-Integrated Machining
  • Electrical Systems Technology

Rockingham Community College 

Rockingham Community College specializes in offering full-time associate degrees to students interested in Computer-Integrated Machining as well as diploma and certificate programs. In addition, engineering programs are offered in the Industrial Technology Division, preparing students for work in the aviation field.

In the Fall semester of 2015, Rockingham began offering an Aviation Machinist Pathway program of study to high school students. High school students enter the program in their senior year, graduating with both a high school diploma and a college certificate, allowing them to enter the workforce or continue toward an associate’s degree.

Alamance Community College

Alamance Community College’s Industrial Technologies programs offer a number of options to prepare students for work in aviation careers. Choose from comprehensive programs including:

  • Computer-Integrated Technology
  • Machining Technology
  • Welding Technology
  • Industrial Systems Technology

Career and college pathways are also offered to high school juniors and seniors.

 

 

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University –Worldwide 

The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is devoted to providing Greensboro students with university-level aviation education. In-person and online programs are offered, allowing students to pursue various levels of education in:

  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Aviation
  • Aviation and Aerospace Sustainability
  • Aviation Business Administration
  • Aviation Maintenance
  • Aviation Security

Even graduate-level programs are available for individuals who wish to pursue a scholarly career researching or teaching in the aviation field.

T.W. Andrews Aviation Academy

T.W. Andrews Aviation Academy allows high school students to earn college credit while attending high school, giving them a head start on the technical training needed for certification. Students can work on and around aircraft while broadening their knowledge of aeronautics, astronautics and engineering. Four unique tracks are offered:

  • Engineering
  • Aviation Management/Pilot
  • Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic/Technician
  • Avionics Technician