CRAFT Flight Training and Simulation partnership with Purdue University Global allows students to get college credit for flight training

CHARLESTON, SC December 02, 2021 – CRAFT Flight Training and Purdue University Global have formed a partnership which allows students to get college credit for flight training.

Beginning Dec. 8, students accepted into the Purdue Global professional flight degree program will complete their Bachelor of Science degree courses online through Purdue Global, while completing flight training at CRAFT Flight Training or one of several other Purdue Global affiliates across the country.

“CRAFT Flight Training is pleased to partner with Purdue Global University to provide our students and staff the opportunity to save time and money while pursuing the degree that they need to get to the majors.”

Students who complete all five flight certificates/ratings – Private Pilot Certification, Instrument Flight Rating, Commercial Pilot Certification, Flight Instructor Flight Certification, and Multiengine Flight Certification – will receive 45 college credits from Purdue Global towards their bachelor’s degree in professional flight, equivalent to one year of college credits. Students who have college credits from previous schools may also receive additional transfer credits, thereby saving them more money and allowing them to graduate faster.

“We are pleased to join forces with an established flight training center like CRAFT Flight Training to bolster our popular professional flight program,” said Sara Sander, Purdue Global vice president and dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Education. “The benefits to our students training under CRAFT Flight Training is the significant cost savings and speed to obtaining the five flight certificates/ratings required within our professional flight program. Students can realistically accelerate their path to the airlines by one or two years.”

CRAFT Flight Training students, employees and immediate family members (spouse, domestic partner, children, siblings and parents) will receive 20% tuition reduction for undergraduate degrees and certificates and 14% reduction for graduate degrees and certificates.




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Purdue Global’s professional flight degree program is a collaboration between Purdue Global and Purdue University’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology – announced in 2019. It combines the quality of Purdue’s legendary aviation program spanning more than six decades with the flexibility and affordability that Purdue Global offers.

Purdue’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology, one of six departments and schools in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, is recognized worldwide as a leader in aviation education and provides its expertise in curriculum development, faculty hiring and accreditation by the Aviation Accreditation Board International.

As U.S. airline pilots approach the federally mandated retirement age of 65, the industry faces a shortage of pilots. Reports forecast a need for more than 800,000 pilots over the next 20 years, and airlines are already finding it hard to fill open positions. This partnership is designed to get students flying immediately, shortening the timeline to professional pilot in order to meet this demand.

About CRAFT Flight Training

CRAFT Flight Training and Simulation is a training center located at Charleston International Airport (KCHS). CRAFT is committed to providing unparalleled customer service and access to modern training aircraft and innovative Redbird simulator technology. CRAFT manages a large fleet of well-maintained aircraft, including modern Diamond and classic Cessna aircraft. They have more aircraft built in this century than any other flight school in South Carolina and the only Jet-A burning aircraft in flight training in Charleston. Their passionate and knowledgeable instructors help students achieve their aviation goals. 

About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global delivers personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and professional skills with the support and flexibility they need to achieve their career goals. It offers personalized paths for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University’s flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest Indiana, as well as serving science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, visit craftflighttraining.purdueglobal.edu.

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