By Susan Winlow
An accelerated aviation program for Chinese students could be in the works as soon as September 2015 if the Solano Community College board of trustees approves an agreement Wednesday between the district, Huameijiadai Investment Fund Management Company Ltd. and the United States Education Foundation.
The accelerated program would allow Chinese students to earn Federal Aviation Administration certification in an aeronautics program structure that is different in China than in the United States.
Paul Cheng, an international recruiter for Solano College and CEO for the United States Education Foundation, said he discovered the Chinese need for such a program by talking to aviation students in China. The Chinese program emphasizes classroom time but “not so much hands on,” Cheng said. After they learn in school, they have to be hired by an airline to get the practical work, he said.