Orange Coast College students looking to earn their private instrument and commercial pilot licenses will get a financial boost from Clay Lacy Aviation, the world's most experienced operator of private jets.
Clay Lacy announced this week that it has established a scholarship fund for OCC aviation students that will help offset the cost of flight training at Orange County's John Wayne Airport, where the College maintains a fleet of five aircraft.
"Flight training is expensive," says Program Coordinator and flight instructor Dr. Stanley Harriman. "Many students need that extra financial assistance to complete their pilot certifications. Clay Lacy's support will enable more students to realize their career aspirations and pursue a career in commercial, business or general aviation."
OCC's aviation program is highly regarded, with curriculum that allows students to earn their Associate of Science degree in addition to their private, instrument and commercial pilot licenses. Graduates often go on to complete their studies at a four-year university or pursue a certified instructor rating, which allows them to teach others to fly.
"Orange County is fortunate to have a collegiate aviation program," says Scott Cutshall, Vice President of Marketing with Clay Lacy Aviation and a life-long Orange County resident who learned to fly at John Wayne airport. "We are delighted to be able to help the next generation of aviators pursue their passion of flight."
OCC's aviation science program is known for being an affordable option for flight training in Orange County. In addition to being approximately 30 percent more cost effective than comparable programs in the area, OCC's program recently acquired two Redbird flight simulators that allow students to accrue some of their required hours at a fraction of the cost of traditional flying lessons.