Steven Dunn is a former deputy sheriff, firefighter, and emergency medical technician who is currently enrolled for his second semester in the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) program at the Clayton State – Fayette instructional site at 1200 Commerce Dr., in Peachtree City.
That’s not an entirely unusual pathway for a Clayton State BAS student; since the program was created in the late 1990s, the Clayton State BAS has enabled hundreds of students, most of them non-traditional students, to upgrade their resumes or change professional fields. What is unusual is that Dunn has already made one of the more dramatic career shifts by a BAS student. In 2005 he began a career in aviation by obtaining a pilot license through an out-of-state curriculum. Then, in March 2009, he began working for Priority Jet, a Part 135 air carrier, and Priority Jet Maintenance, a Part 145 Repair Station, at Atlanta Regional Airport in Peachtree City as the janitor/shop helper.
He didn’t stay on the shop floor for long. Although the BAS degree is designed for individuals with associate degrees who wish to enter the administrative or managerial sides of their careers, Dunn has already made that move. In March of 2010, he was promoted to director of Sales and Marketing (with gross sales tripling within the first three weeks of his taking over the position). Then, in May 2011, he was promoted to general manager. He currently manages nearly $20 million in assets with, as he indicates, a substantial growth potential.
Thus, it could well be said that Dunn’s enrollment in the BAS Technology Management with a concentration in Aviation Administration is just another stage of his new career taking off.
“I met Clayton State at the Fayette Chamber EXPO last year and learned about the (BAS) Aviation discipline,” says the Peachtree City resident. “After explaining my break from school, I was encouraged to enroll. I enrolled in December and, after a rather speedy process, I began classes as a transfer student in the spring of 2011.”
Dunn also notes that the faculty and staff at Clayton State – Fayette have been “more than accommodating.” Of course, it doesn’t hurt that his advisor and Instructor, Bryan LaBrecque, not only designed the BAS aviation program, but is also the airport director for Atlanta Regional Airport.
Given that background, it’s not a great surprise that Dunn’s work and his education have a high degree of correlation.
“My spring semester online communications class enabled me to articulate the forthcoming changes in our company. This semester, my aviation- related classes are helping me to more effectively manage and grow our company,” he says. “My advisor, Bryan LaBrecque, is assisting me with my scheduling of classes to coincide with my growth as manager.
“I plan to grow this company and create more jobs in this area. I love aviation and enjoy the challenging aspects of corporate aviation management.”