Virginia Western Community College takes flight with new Star Flight Training aviation partnership

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Published: May. 26, 2016 at 6:53 PM EDT
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A new partnership between Virginia Western Community College and a Roanoke flight school aims to put students in a first class seat on the path to success.

Thursday the college hosted an open house at Start Flight Training at the Roanoke airport. The classes will be non-credit and offered through Virginia Western's Workforce Solutions program.

A ground school class is open for registration and will start this summer.

"What we're in the business to do is to try to serve the needs of business and industry, and the airline industry is one we want to try to support," Virginia Western Community College President Robert Sandel said.

"We can provide the technical training, they can provide the students, and together we will provide highly educated, highly trained students for the workforce," Star Flight Training General Manager Jon Beard said.

Star Flight Training said demand for airline pilots is its highest in 60 years and pay is very competitive.