Institute of Aviation program at Parkland is really taking off

Institute of Aviation program at Parkland is really taking off

Enrollment, interest climbing as Parkland hits fifth year at helm

In a few years, Kyle Schum will likely set foot in the cockpit of a commercial plane and take a seat in a pilot’s chair. But when he graduated a semester early from Mahomet-Seymour High School in December of 2016, he wasn’t sure what career path he wanted to take. Maybe he’d become a doctor or a lawyer, he thought, but aviation never crossed his mind.

Because it was the middle of the school year, he decided to get a jump-start on his college education at Parkland College.

“I came here to Parkland College because I graduated early and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, like most 17-, 18-year-olds,” he said.

That’s when he learned about the Institute of Aviation, which Parkland took over from Illinois five years ago.

Although his father took him to a few air shows when he was younger, Schum had no background in flying planes. But he decided to give it a try.

“I really didn’t have much knowledge of it,” he said. “I think I played around on a Microsoft Flight Simulator a little bit. ... I came into it a little unsure.

“But once I got into it, I really, really enjoyed it. Loved the flying portion of it, loved the knowledge portion of it. And here I am today.”

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