Vermont Tech Introduces Aviation Private Pilot Ground School Course at Williston Campus

07 Aug 2013

Randolph, Vt. — Vermont Tech is pleased to announce that the college is offering an Aviation Private Pilot Ground School Course for the fall 2013 semester on the Williston, Vt. campus. This course, commonly referred to as “Ground Training,” allows students to achieve the knowledge, skills and experience needed to meet the requirements of a Private Pilot Certificate with an Airplane Category rating and a Single-Engine Land class rating. With registration available until August 15, this class is open to VTC and VSC students, as well as any professionals and those looking to further develop or shift their career.

“The introduction of the Private Pilot Certificate is an important addition to the Professional Pilot degree program we currently offer,” said Doug Smith, director of the Private Pilot program. “We’re excited to be able to offer this additional certification, which is significant for both our current aviation students and members of the community who wish to expand their career with Continuing Education.”

Upon completion of the course, students will be granted the eligibility and required sign-off to take the FAA Private Pilot Written Exam. Additionally, it establishes a collegiate level knowledge foundation to begin flight training, or taking commensurate with flight training if desired for Private Pilot Certification.

This 14-week course begins on August 21 and costs $800, which includes expenses for textbooks. It will be held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8 p.m. and taught by a FAA Certified Flight Instructor. VTC and VSC students may take this course for three credit hours as an elective, if desired.

Registration for the course can be accessed at and for more information about Vermont Tech, please visit


About Vermont Tech – Vermont Tech is the only public institution of higher learning in Vermont whose mission is applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington, and at six nursing campuses located throughout the state. Vermont Tech takes an optimistic, rooted and personal approach to education to support students in gaining the confidence and practical skills necessary to not only see their potential, but to experience it. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledgeable workers needed most by employers in the state and in the region.