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Gallatin College offers aviation for high school students

May 2, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN–Gallatin College is offering an early college opportunity for area high school juniors and seniors interested in commercial aviation. The aviation ground school gives students a start in commercial aviation by letting them complete college course work, for college credit, while in high school.

Enrollment is open now thru Friday, July 25 with classes beginning Monday, Aug. 25 at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.

The private pilot ground course is the first step in becoming a commercial pilot, and this program offers a great start for students interested in becoming commercial pilots, said Ryan Haskins, director of the Gallatin College aviation program. 

According to Haskins, students may take the Private Pilot Knowledge Test after completing the course and can enroll in the flight portion of the course through Gallatin College and Summit Aviation while enrolled in the ground course.

The program offers high school students interested in aviation a chance to get started at a reduced cost through early college enrollment, said Amy Williams, Gallatin College’s dual credit program manager. Early college allows high school students to take courses through Gallatin College for college credit, at half price tuition. 

Haskins and Williams started working on the course after a meeting with Manhattan High School principal, Bob Moore, who contacted them with the idea because he had students interested in flight careers.

Gallatin College will host an open house for interested students and parents at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at Summit Aviation. Students can see the aircraft, sign up for a $69 introductory flight, meet the instructors and register for the course. 

To learn more about Gallatin College’s early college and dual credit program or set up an information session for a school or group, contact Williams at (406) 994-3991 or For information about the commercial pilot program or the ground school, contact Haskins at

Contact: Amy Williams (406) 994-3991,