Colleges Merge, New Georgia Flight School Is Born

Middle Georgia State College aviation school studentMiddle Georgia State College – a new baccalaureate-granting institution with five campuses located throughout the region – today became a reality, and along with it, the Middle Georgia State College School of Aviation. The new Georgia flight school offers aviation training in Aviation Maintenance / Avionics, Aviation Management, Air Traffic Controller Training, and Flight training for both fixed wing and rotary wing (helicopters).

Nearly one year to the day after recommending the consolidation of Macon State College and Middle Georgia College, the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents, meeting today, voted unanimously to make it official. The Macon and Warner Robins campuses of the former Macon State College and the Cochran, Dublin and Eastman campuses of the former Middle Georgia College now form a single institution that is expected to become a university within a few years.

  • MGSC logoBased on the fall 2012 enrollments of the formerly separate institutions, Middle Georgia State has a current enrollment of about 8,800 students. It offers 20 bachelor’s degrees, along with a wide variety of associate’s degrees. Some certificate programs, mostly concentrated at Middle Georgia State’s Aviation Campus in Eastman, are also offered. Student housing is located on the Macon, Cochran and Eastman campuses.
  • Middle Georgia State’s academic schools are: School of Aviation; School of Business; School of Distance Education; School of Education; School of Health Sciences; School of Information Technology; School of Liberal Arts; School of Science and Mathematics; and School of Social Sciences. Each school has a dean. All schools except Distance Education are further divided into academic departments, each with a chairperson.

The Eastman Campus in Dodge County is devoted almost entirely to aviation programs. It is the only campus in the University System of Georgia that includes flight training and airport management programs. Located adjacent to the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport, the campus takes up 22 acres, including five acres of building space. The primary academic building houses classrooms, teaching labs and computer labs. There are five hangars located in the main building for storage and maintenance of a fleet of airplanes and helicopters used in training and instruction. Eastman is a residential campus and offers bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and certificates related to aviation.

For more information, call MGSC’s Student Services Coordinator, Christy Faulk, at (478) 448-4703 or e-mail her at cfaulk@mgc.edu.

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