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Cherry Creek School District & MSU Denver establish Aviation/STEM pathway via concurrent enrollment

Contact: MSU Denver, Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
Cherry Creek School District, Tustin Amole, 720-554-4475

Posted: March 18, 2014

(DENVER) — Metropolitan State University of Denver and Cherry Creek School District have established an aviation/STEM pathway providing students college credit in high school for completing the district’s new capstone course in aviation fundamentals.

MSU Denver faculty will teach the six-credit course at the University’s South Campus in Greenwood Village from 1:30-2:50 p.m. two days a week, alternating days in conjunction with the district’s block schedule. While Cherry Creek School District is the anchor administrator for the partnership, the program provides an opportunity for students from Douglas County, Englewood, Littleton and Sheridan to also participate.

“While the concept of concurrent enrollment isn’t new, the establishment of college preparatory aviation/STEM pathways in one of Colorado’s key industries is new,” said Harry Bull, superintendent of Cherry Creek School District. “When MSU Denver approached us with this opportunity for our students to gain college credit, we jumped at the chance because it dovetails well with the district’s STEM education initiatives.”

The new course can accept up to 20 students for fall 2014. There are already 10 students registered from Cherry Creek and Littleton Public Schools. Students will study aircraft and components, aerodynamics, basic aircraft systems, the airport environment, air traffic control procedures, federal aviation regulations, the basic elements of air and radio navigation and a review of aviation weather.

“Cherry Creek is one of the only school districts in Colorado to offer a college preparatory program focused specifically in the field of aviation,” said Jeffrey Forrest, chair of the MSU Denver Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science. “This partnership enables us to educate local students of today for the jobs of tomorrow, while moving the state away from its historical pattern of importing talent for local aviation and aerospace jobs.”

A special event is scheduled to unveil additional details regarding the program on Thursday, March 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Institute of Science and Technology at the Overland Campus at (12400 East Jewell Ave., Aurora). Students, faculty and parents will be present to hear brief remarks from: Scott Siegfried, Cherry Creek associate superintendent; Richard Charles, Cherry Creek director of the STEM Education Program; Jeffrey Forrest, MSU Denver Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science chair; Bill Kennedy, United Airlines manager of pilot recruiting and development administration; and David Gordon, Colorado Department of Transportation division of aeronautics director.

Media who plan to attend the event on March 20 must RSVP with Tustin Amole.



About Metropolitan State University of Denver - Aviation and Aerospace Science Department

MSU Denver has the fifth-largest collegiate aviation program in the country. In 2011, MSU Denver’s Precision Flight Team was awarded the Loening Trophy, the oldest and most prestigious collegiate aviation award given to most outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the country. The department owns and operates the Robert K. Mock World Indoor Airport, one of a few dedicated collegiate aviation and aerospace computer and flight simulator training laboratories in the country. Prior to their appointment as professional educators, all department faculty accumulate a wealth of diverse aviation or aerospace career experience. For more information, visit

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MSU Denver’s South Campus (Orchard Road and I-25) offers 200 site-based courses with more than 2,800 enrolled per year. Evening and weekend class schedule serve an adult student population (average age 30).  For more than 25 years, MSU Denver South camps has offered a full set of core business classes including degree completion programs in business, management and accounting, in addition to a full selection of general studies courses.

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MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state economy and the demands of today’s employers.  With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 55 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work.  More than 22,000 students are currently enrolled, and 75 percent of the university’s 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce. 

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