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Airport Management Bachelor's Degree

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Airport management at Kansas State Polytechnic

Kansas State Polytechnic’s airport management program offers students an experience they cannot obtain at any other university in the country. Along with the campus being located directly on an active airfield, our students’ learning environment is cultivated by industry professionals who advance general textbook curriculum by incorporating problem-solving projects that affect real airports. Students practice how to plan, direct and coordinate day-to-day operations and gain a diverse set of skills related to economics, business and personnel management, leadership, labor relations, airport planning and architecture, and aviation ethics within an airport setting.

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Classes Integrate Real World Airport Challenges

Your airport management classes are anything but ordinary! Professors don’t rely on a textbook to teach you about the industry, they create assignments that challenge you to seek solutions for the aviation world. Actively engage in projects associated with airspace zoning, funding and grants, and terminal layouts and planning. Observe aircraft rescue and firefighting, or ARFF, training and learn best practices when building relations with city representatives.

Exclusive Location on an Active Airfield

As the only airport management program in the nation with all coursework located on an active airfield, you will be immersed in the world of aviation. Students closely interact with airport resources such as the aircraft rescue and firefighting, or ARFF, station, the fuel farm, snow removal equipment and the control tower. The program also has a long-standing relationship with the Salina Airport Authority, who is an asset, not only to students’ education but also their professional lives as they provide relevant internships and part-time employment.

Your Professors Are a Part of the Industry

As a student in airport management, you will learn directly from experienced industry professionals, not teaching assistants. Dr. Tara Harl, the program lead, has more than 30 years of expertise as an aviation business owner, consultant, researcher, pilot and professor. Other instructors include current airport managers, planners and architects that integrate their day-to-day operational insight into the curriculum.

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Zackary Dahl

What I have learned in the airport management program goes well beyond fundamental aviation knowledge and how to run an airfield. I have transformed into a well-developed professional, building confidence in my leadership and communication skills. I feel very comfortable during networking opportunities, especially while speaking with aviation experts. Additionally, many of my professors are veterans or have military experience, and they have helped me with how my education correlates withmy duties in the Marines so I can be as successful as possible

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David Reed

This program has provided me with a direct connection to the airport industry. I have been able to engage in interactive conversations with airport managers, planning firms and even NASA, which give me insight into their unique circumstances and the current challenges they are facing. I’ve worked on a variety of projects for these entities in areas like economic development and terminal layout planning, and have furthered these opportunities into an internship.

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Elizabeth Nelson

Studying in the airport management program truly has equipped me with a vast amount of industry knowledge. From having the opportunity to found, run and maintain our campus’s AAAE club to conducting extensive airport projects in class and connecting with airport leaders from around the state during labs in the field, this curriculum will play a vital role in my aviation career.

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Jesse R. Romo

K-State Polytechnic has done a great job of reaching out to current airport management professionals and engaging them in the classroom. Not only does this give students an opportunity to learn from people doing the work, it also allows airport directors like me to bounce off new ideas and initiatives with the students. These opportunities help set K-State airport management students apart from the rest of the field. I’ve already hired one intern from this program and look forward to continuing my relationship with the K-State Polytechnic campus.

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