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Help ensure the safety of pilots and planes.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

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    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

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    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

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Flight Instruction and Training Bachelor Degree from Baker College

Flight Instruction and TrainingBachelor of Aviation Management

Become a better pilot.

Help ensure the safety of pilots and planes.

Flight Instructors are highly trained professionals, who work with students at every level—from a first flight with a student pilot in a Cessna, to a line check with an experienced pilot doing upgrade training in a large commercial aircraft. It’s a job that requires excellent communication and problem-solving skills, as well as quick reaction time.

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Career Facts

$47,990

Median salary for Vocational Edu. Teachers

11%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$73,280

Median salary for Commercial Pilots - Scheduled Air Transportation

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Overview

Baker’s Flight Instructor and Training program is designed to further increase opportunities for career advancement. Our curriculum emphasizes specialized aviation topics, education, and business classes as well as up to 1,500 hours of flight instruction.

After two years of general aviation and private pilot training, students move on to become certified as Flight Instructors, Instrument Instructors, and Multi-Engine Instructors. Flight training costs are in addition to tuition.

You can start on this program after you’ve earned your associate degree, and you can work as a professional pilot while you continue working toward your bachelor degree. You need to log the following hours of flight time to qualify for each of the following licenses and ratings:

  • Corporate pilot license: 1,200 hours
  • Charter service pilot license: 1,200 hours
  • Air transport rating: 1,500 hours
  • Commuter airplane captain or officer’s license: 1,500 hours
Course Information
Flight Instruction and Training Major115 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
AIT 311
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4 Quarter Hours

Helps participants become more reflective and effective teachers.

Teaching and Learning4
AIT 321
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4 Quarter Hours

Helps participants develop a better understanding of learning in adulthood.

The Adult Learner4
AIT 411
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes theory of instruction, methods, and materials/resources necessary in the subject area.

Instructional Strategies and Delivery4
AIT 421
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on techniques that lead to development of a positive, democratic learning environment.

Classroom/Instructional Management4
AIT 431
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4 Quarter Hours

Compares different types of assessments and analyzes assessment results for the purpose of improving student learning. Students will compare classroom assessment techniques to program assessments and incorporate results into program evaluation and accreditation. The instruction in the course will emphasize creating valid assessments and using assessment data for decision making.

Assessment for Student Learning4
AIT 491
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides hands-on capstone experience in teaching or training setting. Students will practice teaching and will reflect on the teaching-learning process. Continuous improvement of instructional skills will be emphasized, while incorporating adult learning theory, classroom management, curriculum and assessment.

Adult Instructor and Trainer Practicum4
AVT 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students for the FAA written test. Covers all test areas including aerodynamics, engines, weight and balance, performance charts, weather, weather reports, FAR's, E6-B computer, radio navigation, sectional charts, medical factors, and cross country flying.

Private Pilot Ground School4
AVT 112
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4 Quarter Hours

Covers all school topics to pass the FAA written test for instrument pilots.

Instrument Ground School4
AVT 113
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides training in ground school to become a competent commercial pilot. All areas will be covered.

Prerequisite(s):
AVT 112 or passing score on instrument test.
Commercial Ground School2
AVT 131A
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5 Quarter Hours

Provides students with all the flight time, and tasks as set forth in FAA FAR Part 141 Appendix B to include beginning flight training through solo, cross country, night flying, etc. Required tasks must be consistently and repeatedly performed in accordance with the Practical Test Standards as set forth in FAA-S-8081-14A. Flight fees and the Baker College Flight Training Policy apply.

Corequisite(s):
AVT 111.
Private Pilot Flight5
AVT 132A
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5 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the flight time, PCATD time and tasks required by the FAA as set forth in FAR Part 141 Appendix C to include attitude instrument flight, instrument failures, holding procedures, instrument approaches, etc. Required tasks must be consistently and repeatedly completed in accordance with the Practical Test Standards for the instrument rating as set forth in FAA-S-8081-4E. Flight fees and the Baker College Flight Training Policy apply.

Prerequisite(s):
AVT 131A. AVT 112.
Instrument Flight5
AVT 201A
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the flight time and tasks as set forth in FAA FAR Part 141 Appendix D to include chandelles, lazy and pylon 8's, complex aircraft flight, etc. Required tasks must be consistently and repeatedly performed in accordance with the Practical Test Standards for the commercial rating as set forth in FAA-S-8081-12b. Flight fees and the Baker College Flight Training Policy apply.

Beginning Commercial Flight4
AVT 203A
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues from AVT201A with flight time and tasks as set forth in FAA FAR Part 141 Appendix D to include chandelles, lazy and pylon 8's, complex aircraft flight, etc. Required tasks must be consistently and repeatedly performed in accordance with the Practical Test Standards for the commercial rating as set forth in FAA-S-8081-12b. Flight fees and the Baker College Flight Training Policy apply.

Prerequisite(s):
AVT 201A.
Commercial Flight Completion4
AVT 216
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores concepts of man-machine interface, human error in accidents, aviation physiology, aeronautical decision making, and safety management systems.

Aviation Safety and Human Factors2
AVT 221A
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2 Quarter Hours

Covers the methods of making optimum use of the capability of the individuals and the systems in an aircraft to achieve the safest and most efficient completion of a flight. The pilot in command will be taught how to involve crew members in the decisions made during in-flight emergencies or hazardous situations.

Prerequisite(s):
AVT 112. AVT 113.
Crew Resource Management2
AVT 241
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4 Quarter Hours

Covers aspects of meteorology that apply to flying, including obtaining weather briefings, thunderstorm development, wind shears, jet streams, world weather patterns, climate, and much more.

Prerequisite(s):
AVT 111, GEO 101B.
Aviation Meteorology4
AVT 251A
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4 Quarter Hours

Covers three aspects of aircraft mechanics: what the pilot is legally allowed to do him/herself; a thorough understanding of what the AirFrame and Powerplant mechanic must do, including the paperwork and recordkeeping needed to keep a plane legal under the various sections of the FAR's. Includes hands-on experience on aircraft components as well as classroom training and field trips.

Prerequisite(s):
AVT 111.
Aircraft Systems4
AVT 261
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the applicable areas of knowledge required to pass the written and practical test for the Flight Instructor rating. This will include all areas of the Fundamentals of Instructing written as well.

Prerequisite(s):
Commercial pilot license with instrument privileges.
Corequisite(s):
AVT 262.
Flight Instructor Ground4
AVT 262
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the flight time and tasks required by the FAA as set forth in FAR Part 141 Appendix F to include flight from the right seat, instruction of the private pilot and commercial pilot courses, etc. Required tasks must be consistently and repeatedly completed in accordance with the Practical Test Standards for the instrument rating as set forth in FAA-S-8081-6B with Change 1. Flight fees and the Baker College Flight Training Policy apply.

Prerequisite(s):
Commercial pilot license with instrument privileges.
Corequisite(s):
AVT 261.
Flight Instructor Flight4
AVT 271
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides the knowledge to pass the Flight Instructor Instrument written and practical tests. All knowledge tasks as set forth in FAA-S-8081-9b will be covered. Test fee applies.

Prerequisite(s):
Certified Flight Instructor rating.
Corequisite(s):
AVT 272.
Instrument Flight Instructor Ground2
AVT 272
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the flight time and tasks required by the FAA as set forth in FAR Part 141 Appendix G to include all the tasks of AVT132 from the right seat and all instructional requirements. Required tasks must be consistently and repeatedly completed in accordance with the Practical Test Standards for the Instrument Instructor rating as set forth in FAA-S-8081-9B with Change 1. Flight fees and the Baker College Flight Training Policy apply.

Prerequisite(s):
Commercial pilot license with instrument privileges.
Corequisite(s):
AVT 271.
Instrument Flight Instructor Flight2
AVT 281
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2 Quarter Hours

Examines the laws that govern aviation, U.S. interaction with international regulatory agencies, accidents, insurance and liability, and labor law. Focuses on the process by which the Code of Federal Regulations is developed.

Aviation Law2
AVT 381
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides the training in multi-engine aircraft needed for the multi-engine add-on to the student's commercial license.

Prerequisite(s):
AVT 203A.
Multi-Engine Flight2
AVT 382
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2 Quarter Hours

Covers all the required areas set forth in FAA-S-8081-6b section 2 to include teaching engine and system failures safely.

Prerequisite(s):
AVT 261, AVT 262, AVT 271, AVT 272.
Corequisite(s):
AVT 381.
Multi-Engine Flight Instructor2
AVT 421
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4 Quarter Hours

Gives students an understanding of various types of aviation management: airports, corporation flying programs, charter flight, and other business aspects. Papers, speakers, and field trips are included in this course.

Aviation Management4
LAW 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an introduction to the legal issues inherent in dynamic business environments. Topics covered include the legal system, including an examination of constitutional law; business torts; contracts; intellectual property; criminal law; and the ethical considerations for business decision making.

Business Law4
MGT 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a basic understanding of many aspects of business through an overview of the changing business environment, the roles of small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the importance of customer relations, management, and marketing. Financial management, accounting and banking will also be discussed.

Introduction to Business4
MGT 141
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an understanding of leadership styles, the management process, organizational resources and how to use them, various motivation/behavior theories, conflict management, and implementing and supporting change. Students will compare different leadership styles and apply them in case scenarios, role plays and other group/team activities involving topics such as: change, employee behavior, conflict, ethics, decision-making, and managing resources.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 101, MGT 101.
Principles of Management4
MGT 222
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4 Quarter Hours

Discusses a variety of significant issues related to business and organizational leadership in today's dynamic, customer-driven, global economy. This course focuses on the challenges of change and management's response to change, the diversity of management methods, and managing strategies for the future. As a seminar, this course uses peer teaching and learning approaches, involves group learning experiences in a team environment, requires practical application of concepts, and includes research and case studies. This course culminates the associate's degree of management.

Prerequisite(s):
MGT 211 or MGT 221 or MGT 241.
Management Seminar4
MGT 311
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the effects of environmental change on organizations and organizational systems. Emphasis is placed on sustaining change by building organizational capability involving human resources and organizational practices which have the potential to sustain the organization's ability to continually adapt in a dynamic environment. Topics include organizational behavior, groups and interpersonal influence, strategic interventions, approaches to systems, system analysis and design, implementation techniques, monitoring, complementary human assets, contextual relations, and linkages. Specific examples are drawn from industry experience and models.

Prerequisite(s):
Junior status.
Organizational Change4
MGT 422
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to a broad scope and major strategic, tactical, and operational decisions of operations management, as well as important interactions with other functional areas. Emphasis is on a conceptual understanding of the operations function and includes the following topics: product/process selection and design, facility location and layout, capacity, material management, inventory planning and control, and quality management.

Prerequisite(s):
MGT 311, MTH 109 or MTH 112.
Operations Management4
MKT 111B
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the essentials of an introductory course than can be either a survey course or a prerequisite to more advanced marketing studies. Study includes product identification, positioning and pricing strategies, consumer need identification and making the connection between consumer needs and product advertising, basic distribution strategies, and some of the decision-making tools at the disposal of the marketing manager. This course is recommended as a first course for marketing majors.

Principles of Marketing4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
General Education Requirements72 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ELECT 161A
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ELECT 161B
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ELECT 161C
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
GEO 101B
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines world regional geography, with special attention given to Europe, Russia, and the Americas. The concepts of regionalism, culture, and national environment are studied, along with historical, political, and economic forces that shape people's lives.

World Geography I4
GEO 102B
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines world regional geography, with special attention given to Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The concepts of regionalism, culture, and natural environment are studied, along with the historical, political, and economic forces that shape people's lives.

World Geography II4
HUM 401A
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the philosophical foundations for personal and professional ethics. Students identify and analyze ethical situations in modern society.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Philosophy of Ethics4
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
MTH 109
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, right-triangle trigonometry, probability, and statistics. Key topics include equations, inequalities, graphs and functions; exponential, logarithmic, and quadratic models; counting methods, probability theory, normal distribution, correlation, and regression. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 108.
College Mathematics II4
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 231
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores selection, placement, and evaluation of personnel, work motivation, leadership, worker well-being, group organization, and processes in the workplace.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 101 or PSY 111.
Organizational Psychology4
SCI 451
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores the relationship between man and the environment. Students examine the balance between natural resources including wildlife, their habitats, and the needs of man in the twenty-first century.

Environmental Science4
SOC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines social organization, culture, and the relationship between society and the individual. The areas studied are social groups, roles and statuses, institutions, social stratification, socialization, social change, and social policy.

Sociology4
SOC 321
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the social construction of groups based on race, ethnicity and national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and able-bodiedness. Sociological (as well as psychological, historical, economic, and anthropological) perspectives are applied to concepts such as prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, racial and ethnic identity, racial formation, power and privilege, assimilation and pluralism, and tolerance. Emphasis is on increasing knowledge, personal awareness, and sensitivity.

Cultural Diversity4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
SPK 401A
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4 Quarter Hours

Practices individual formal presentations in a business context. The format includes a variety of speaking situations such as parliamentary procedure, briefings, sales, formal and informal discussions, and formal report presentations.

Prerequisite(s):
SPK 201.
Professional Speaking4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Workplace Communication4
WRI 301A
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4 Quarter Hours

Improves the student's ability to write for business and technical purposes. Emphasis is on writing formal reports including research of published technical information and presentation of a formal paper based on the student's major field. In addition, less formal aspects of business and technical communications are studied. Instruction, practice, and development of these skills may be implemented as work products of a Service Learning Project.

Prerequisite(s):
WRI 115.
Report Writing4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 187

Program Description

This four-year program follows the AAS AVT for the first two years (including the flight training), then continues the flight training in the second two years to add Certified Flight Instructor ratings to the student's credentials. Flight Instructor, Instrument Instructor and Multi-Engine Instructor are part of the program (flight training costs are in addition to tuition). Classroom training for these licenses, and classes in Adult Instruction and Training are the primary component of the curriculum, along with General Education requirements. Once employed as a Flight Instructor, entry-level annual wages will range in the mid to upper teens to the mid twenty thousand dollar range. Flight instruction will allow a pilot to build flight time to qualify for employment with regional airlines, corporate flight departments, or charter operations. Income potential in these fields can range from thirty to forty thousand up to one hundred-twenty thousand dollars annually.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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FAQ's

  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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