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CBU to offer aviation science degree

CBU to offer aviation science degree

RIVERSIDE (August 1, 2012) - California Baptist University plans to unveil a program in aviation science beginning the fall semester of 2013. The bachelor of science degree program will likely include professional pilot and aviation management majors.


CBU recently hired Dr. Daniel Prather, A.A.E. to serve as chair of the department of aviation science. Prather, an Accredited Airport Executive, brings experience in airport operations, aviation safety and security, and airport consulting. He holds a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Nebraska, a master of public administration degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a bachelor of commercial aviation from Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. Prior to coming to CBU, Prather served as associate professor of aerospace at Middle Tennessee State University.


“This is a great location for a collegiate aviation program,” Prather said. “With the number of airports, aviation manufacturing companies and other businesses related to the industry, this region will bring a lot of opportunity for graduates.”


A proposed professional pilot major is designed for students with no flight experience, although those who already have the Private Pilot Certificate may receive course credit after a successful flight review. An aviation management major is also in the works for students aiming for careers as aviation professionals without the flight background.


Flight training will be contracted out to a qualified flight training provider at the Riverside Municipal Airport, with oversight by CBU.


The new program is subject to further approval by the CBU administration and Board of Trustees.


For more information, contact Daniel Prather at 951.343.4924 or dprather@calbaptist.edu. To apply for admission, go to www.calbaptist.edu.

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