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Funding will enable program expansion to meet pilot shortage
From left: Paul Rossmann, VP University Advancement, MRU; Chad London, provost and VP Academic, Zach Yepes, aviation student; Kelly Williams-Whitt, dean, Faculty of Business and Communications Studies; Dave McLean, director ofmarketing, Shelagh Hayes, director general, Business Innovation and Community Development, PrairiesCan, and Chris Lee, interim chair, MRU Board of Governors, attend the announcement Friday.
A $3 million investment by PrairiesCan will boost the expansion of Mount Royal University’s pilot and aviation flight training program — doubling enrolment to 80 students per year in the Aviation Diploma program and launching a new Bachelor of Aviation Management degree program in 2024. The federal investment will help equip a new hangar and learning facility at the university’s Springbank campus, including new virtual reality technology and flight simulators needed to train the next generation of pilots and aircrew.