Clayton State University alumna Shannon Phillips (McDonough) joined the Delta ICAPP project the first semester the program started in spring 2008 at the Clayton State – Fayette instructional site in Peachtree City. While continuing to work full-time at Delta, she earned her Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Technology Management with an Aviation Administration concentration in the summer of 2009. She says the degree contributed to her recent promotion to a supervisor position of planner.
“I graduated in July and was promoted to a planner position in January 2010,” Phillips says. “I feel that having earned a degree with concentration in aviation played a major role in getting the promotion.”
The last two years of the degree were offered online. As a result, Phillips was able to complete her degree without driving to campus.
“I enjoyed the flexibility, especially towards the end because most of the classes were online,” she says, pointing out that, as a non-traditional student, she wasn't really involved in the college life. “It was all about work and school. I also enjoyed the fact that the aviation courses related to my job. I'm really glad that I waited to get my degree because I was able to major in a program that relates to my career.
“I can finally say that I have a college degree and that it has helped me move forward with my career. Getting a promotion within six months of graduation lets me know it was all worth it.”
Retired ASA President Bryan LaBrecque developed the Aviation Administration courses for the Clayton State – Fayette instructional site. The program is designed for individuals who already hold an associate’s degree – an AA, AS, AAS or AAT -- or who have completed the core curriculum. Depending on the student’s prior credits, they can enter either the Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies or the Bachelor of Applied Science in Administration or Technology Management.