JASPER COUNTY — High school aviation courses at Jasper County are enrolling now for the fall 2021 semester.
These courses are available to students at Rensselaer Central, Kankakee Valley and surrounding counties as long as students are willing and able to make the daily drive to Jasper County Airport.
Home schoolers are also able to enroll, but they would have to register through the Rensselaer Central School Corporation to secure their coursework.
Courses qualify for high school credit and dual credit approval with Ivy Tech is in the works, according to airport manager Ray Seif.
“(The airport authority) is extremely excited to bring a high school aviation education program to Jasper County,” Seif said. “Our partnership with RCHS will allow high school students to learn about the amazing world of aviation while receiving high school and potentially college credit. This type of program is something that I and every other aviator wish we had growing up.”
The program was made possible through a partnership between Indian Trails Career Cooperatives, the Jasper County Airport Authority and Rensselaer Central High School.
“This is an exciting and unique opportunity for the students in the community as there are few aviation programs in the state,” James Stradling, director of Indian Trials, said. “It is incredible that our students now have access to such a program, and we look forward to seeing this aviation program grow.”