Lone Star College-Montgomery instructor elected to University Aviation Association Board of Directors

HOUSTON, TX – Capt. John Blum, associate professor and director of the professional pilot program at Lone Star College-Montgomery, has been elected to the board of directors of the University Aviation Association (UAA). The UAA is the voice of collegiate aviation to its members, industry, government and the general public.

PHOTO: The University Aviation Association has elected Captain John Blum, associate professor and director of the Lone Star College-Montgomery commercial pilot program, to serve on its board of directors.

“I look forward to working with the UAA team and all of its members to advance the quality and depth of aviation education programs in our industry,” said Blum, whose term begins January 1. 2023. “UAA plays a vital role in advancing degree-granting aviation and I am proud to be able to be a part of this important work.

The LSC Commercial Pilot Program provides the flight training and academic education to prepare students for a career as a professional pilot. Students who successfully complete the program earn an Associate of Applied Science, Commercial Pilot degree.

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“The airline industry is facing a severe shortage of pilots, with the greatest impact being felt among regional airlines,” said Rebecca L. Riley, Ed.D., president of LSC-Montgomery. . “Captain. Blum will be a tremendous asset to UAA and ensure that higher education continues to address this issue.

There are currently 104 students enrolled in the program which boasts a 92% pass rate for the first time.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that there are approximately 18,100 openings for airline and commercial pilots expected each year over the next decade. Many of these openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who change occupations or leave the labor market, including those who retire.

Visit LoneStar.edu/Professional-Pilot-AAS to learn more about how LSC is working to address the shortage of airline and commercial pilots.

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Lone Star College enrolls more than 80,000 students each semester, providing high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and vocational training. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to drive student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is Chancellor of LSC, the Houston area’s largest institution of higher learning and was named a 2022 Great Colleges to Work For® by the Chronicle of Higher Education, ranked 35th in Texas . on the Forbes list of “America’s Top Employers by State” and recognized by Fortune magazine and Great Place To Work® as one of this year’s Best Places to Work in Texas. LSC consists of eight colleges, seven centers, eight workforce centers of excellence, and the Lone Star Corporate College. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.

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