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Aviation Pathway

Learn to Fly Drones while in High School



Let us help you earn your associate degree while simultaneously earning your high school diploma by spending half a day at your high school and the other half at Butler’s Rose Hill campus. You can prepare yourself for an associate degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and get a jump start on your college career. This revolutionary new field is evolving quickly and you could be on the cutting edge: Turn flying drones into an exciting career!

Graduates of the Aviation Pathway can:

  • Learn how to build, operate, maintain and pilot drones. You’ll gain clear understanding of safety and operations procedures as well as earn the knowledge necessary to attain the FAA Part 107 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems license.
  • Take part in Kansas State Polytechnic’s unique “Hands On” approach to UAS studies - logging flight hours and learning maintenance while utilizing cutting-edge technology and equipment.
  • Earn your associate degree and start your career or transfer seamlessly to Kansas State Polytechnic and earn a bachelor’s degree in UAS.
  • Have your pick of jobs waiting for you: The FAA Aerospace Forecast reports more than 100,000 jobs will be created by 2025. The average annual growth rate over the 5-year forecast period is 32.4 percent.
  • Have access to Job Shadowing and Internship opportunities

Partnership is Key

Kansas State Polytechnic is one of the first universities in the nation to provide a bachelor’s degree in unmanned aircraft systems and is the premiere UAS program in Kansas. We were proud to partner with Kansas State Polytechnic to provide a revolutionary associates degree to students in the area.
Four courses in the Aviation Pathway will be delivered by Kansas State Polytechnic instructors at our Rose Hill campus, so students will earn both Butler Community College and Kansas State Polytechnic credits throughout the course of this Pathway. Students who complete this Pathway are able to finish their bachelor’s degree in UAS from Kansas State Polytechnic only two years after they graduate from Butler!

Academy Interest Form


Deb Reynolds
Academic Advisor
Butler Service Center
2626 S Rock Rd, Ste 116
Wichita, KS 67210
P: 316.691.9456


Lisa Bolin
Butler of Andover, 9100 Building
110 E. 21st Street
Andover, KS 67002

Andrea Gartman
316.218.6040 (Office)
Butler of Rose Hill
712 S. Rose Hill Rd.
Rose Hill, KS 67133