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Are you ready to start the exciting journey of becoming an aviation professional? Let your future take flight by joining the CCBC Aviation Academy. Through the Academy, high school students in grades 11 and 12 at participating school districts have the opportunity to spend a portion of their high school day on a CCBC campus preparing for a career as a professional pilot, air traffic control, aerospace management, and UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) operator.  Students who devote 2 years to this program have the opportunity to graduate from high school with 26 credits toward their associate degree. 

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Students of the Aviation Academy will:

  • Begin an exciting college education
  • Prepare for dynamic, lifelong careers in the aviation field
  • Experience hands-on instruction in a Redbird flight simulator
  • Become more skilled in aviation, science, technology, engineering and math
  • Develop and demonstrate responsibility and accountability
  • Thrive in an environment of higher behavioral expectations
  • Acquire skills for effective leadership and lifelong learning

Aviation Academy programs include air traffic control, professional pilot, unmanned aerial vehicle and aerospace management. 



To establish and maintain a culture of aviation and excellence by providing the opportunity for students to pursue their aspirations within the aerospace industry; we emphasize:

  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Pursuit of Excellence

Mission Statement
Provide a rigorous educational program with an aviation focus that prepares students for unlimited opportunities, including college achievement, career success, and engaged citizenship.


If you're a high school student, parent, or representative and want to learn more about the Aviation Academy, contact Joyce Cirelli 724-480-3474 or



High school academy students pay current CCBC tuition and fees. For more information please click here.

Please check with your high school guidance counselor or principal to find out if your high school covers Academy tuition

For Pell eligibility please click here to find opportunities with federal assistance

Please note: CCBC is the only Pennsylvania college to allow high school students to apply for Pell grants to attend a CCBC Academies.