COCC College

Central Oregon Community College was founded in 1949 as part of the Bend School District. It is the longest standing community college in Oregon. The College District was formed in 1959 and officially established as the Central Oregon Area Education District by a vote of residents in 1962. Central Oregon Community College, the oldest two-year college in Oregon, provides comprehensive college services to the residents of its 10,000-square-mile district.

COCC offers two-year associate degrees, transfer/lower division programs, career and technical education degrees and certificates, developmental courses, continuing education and community learning classes, industry-specific training programs, and business management assistance.

The College’s main campus is located on the western edge of Bend, a city known for its natural beauty and proximity to diverse recreational opportunities. The 200-acre Bend campus offers quiet, peaceful surroundings for study and reflection. With its location on the western slope of Awbrey Butte, students have a spectacular view of the Oregon Cascade mountain range from nearly every point on the grounds. The campus contains 26 buildings with a total of 575,000 square feet. The newest building is the 330-bed Residence Hall which opened in September 2015.

Trusted Partners

Central Oregon Community College is affiliated with Leading Edge Flight Academy to offer students the ability to earn ratings in both Helicopter and Airplanes. This is a two-year degree that allows students to earn an Associates in Applied Science.

Aviation Program

The COCC Aviation – Professional Pilot program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to enter the exciting world of professional aviation.

While you earn the Associate of Science or the Associate of Applied Science degree, you will also earn the FAA ratings required to become a professional pilot. Specifically, the private pilot certificate, instrument rating, commercial pilot certificate, multi-engine rating (airplane track), and the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate. Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) certificate and Multiengine Instructor (MEI) ratings are optional. Helicopter students will earn the private pilot certificate, instrument rating, commercial pilot certificate, and the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate. The Unmanned Aerial Systems Program is designed to provide the graduate an Associates of Applied Science Degree, and the level of training currently being used by the unmanned aerial systems industry. Program requirements will reflect FAA, and industry standards to the greatest extent possible.

Individual courses may also be taken by anyone wanting to complete a ground school or take a refresher course, and courses may be taken for credit or non-credit. Contact us whether your goal is to get your private pilot certificate, add an instrument rating, or to become a commercial pilot. We can help with the finest ground instruction, taught by highly experienced and qualified instructors.

Before you enroll in this program, first contact us so we can answer your questions about our program and about aviation as a career. Our class schedule will normally provide two aviation classes that you should take each term, and you would want to take AV 110 Private Pilot (Airplane) or AV 115 Private Pilot (Helicopter) the first term it is available. These are the foundational courses upon which all other aviation classes are based and will get you in the air at the earliest opportunity.

Our small class sizes, allow for great student/teacher ratios and you have easy access to the instructors throughout the program.

What are you waiting for? Let’s go FLY.

Central Oregon Community College

Aviation Program Director – Karl Baldessari
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Phone – 541.318.3702

Veteran Certifying Official – Sue Pierce
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Phone – 541.383.7264

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