The Florida State Board of Education has approved a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Sciences program of study for Polk State College.
Program director Eric Crump said of the approval, “I’m incredibly proud.” Crump is quick to point to others when describing the success of gaining this important approval: “Our administration and support staff have done a great job.”
The four-year degree program expands the college’s current Associate Degree programs in professional pilot science and aerospace administration.
Polk State is located in the geographic center of the state and operates campuses in Winter Haven and Lakeland. Flight training for the two-year degree program has been conducted throughout 2013 using the airports in both cities.
This is the first four-year aerospace degree program offered by one of Florida’s public educational institutions.
According to Crump, the approval of the state board will have long reaching reverberations.
“It’s a state wide validation that there’s a need in this industry that’s not currently being met,” he said. “We’re thrilled to be approved to offer a program in this high-growth field to people who may never have been able to pursue the opportunity without the advantages of affordability and quality we offer.”
Polk State College currently serves a student body of approximately 20,000 undergraduates.
In 2011 Polk State College adopted the American Bald Eagle as its official mascot. The school’s slogan is, “Soar Eagles.” Now, with approval from the state board of education, Polk State Eagles truly will soar.
For more information: Polk.edu