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Today Jesse and I went down to Tulsa Tech to see if any of the classes for the pre-engineering program there would transfer as college credits at Tulsa Community College.  They didn't seem to know, but we got a number to call to find out.  Their classes don't typically transfer to colleges, but they have cooperative agreements with some of the local colleges (including his) for specific classes to transfer, we just have to find out if anything he needs does.

Anyway, while we were there, Jesse put in his application and jumped through all their hoops for admission.  Once we started looking at their course offerings though, we found that he can take private pilot ground school there and there's no tuition cost, and fees are something like $15.   Jesse has had a lifelong dream (obsession, actually) with planes and being a pilot, but has kind of put it away because of the expense of pilot training.   It turns out though, that TCC has flight labs you can do after this TTC ground school, and the fees for those might be eligible for financial aid.

There are openings for the program in spring, so we made an appointment to go out to the Riverside aviation campus on Monday, get a tour and maybe enroll for January.  As I told Jesse, he should take this step even if he doesn't know where the money for the next step is coming from, because if the opportunity does arise to take the flight lab here or get student flight hours somewhere else, he's got to have that first step done.

Date: 2013-07-03 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msbyn.livejournal.com
Is he doing morning or afternoon classes? Jaedin is in that same program.

The flight school stuff sounds amazing! And yes, take that first step... you're such a good mom.

Date: 2013-07-03 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lisamoe.livejournal.com
If he goes, probably the afternoon, but I don't think enough credits will transfer to the program he's already committed to at TCC. :-( I think right now we're headed for just taking a couple of classes at TCC in the fall and then in Spring a couple of classes at TCC and the ground school at TTC. Damn these acronyms are confusing.

Date: 2013-07-03 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msbyn.livejournal.com
Ahh... I see. I thought I had just misunderstood the first time we discussed it! Oh, well...

Date: 2013-07-03 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitwench.livejournal.com
That's fabulous! And while the credits don't transfer to TCC due to different program focus, they do transfer to some 4 year Engineering programs.
If he does this and TCC, he may find that useful if he later transfers to a 4 yr school.

Date: 2013-07-03 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lisamoe.livejournal.com
TTC credits may transfer to TCC, Rogers State, OSU Tech, and St Gregory's, but it looks like most of the pre-engineering classes don't. :-( Now, his TCC credits should transfer pretty well to almost anywhere he's likely to go. I think his plan is to complete an associates at TCC and then do his last 2 years at TU or somewhere. That way he won't need loans for 2 years of his 4 year degree at least, because I think he can get all his tuition free at TCC. He'll have half his associates done by the time he graduates from high school, and the second half he can actually get financial aid for, besides the tuition waiver.

We're really having to figure this out as we go; it's somewhat confusing sometimes.

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