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LeTourneau University:

Educating industry leaders and technicians for 60 years
Avionics News recently interviewed Sean Fortier, associate dean for the School of Aviation and Aeronautical Science at
LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, to learn how the institution is educating the next generation of avionics technicians.

"MOST OF OUR
AVIATION PROGRAM
GRADUATES ARE
STARTING IN THE
$60,000 TO $80,000
SALARY RANGE.
THAT'S EXTREMELY
IMPRESSIVE."
SEAN FORTIER,

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR THE SCHOOL OF
AVIATION AND AERONAUTICAL SCIENCE AT
LETOURNEAU UNIVERSITY

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Avionics News: Please tell us about your aviation and avionics
programs?
Fortier: We are extremely proud that the LeTourneau University aviation
program recently celebrated 60 years of experience in educating aviation
industry leaders and technicians. Also, LETU is the only bachelor's level
comprehensive collegiate aviation program in the state of Texas. 
An interesting story is how our aviation program got its start. The
LeTourneau aviation program grew out of the use of airplanes by the
university's founder, industrialist R.G. LeTourneau. Since the university's
founding in 1946, he had used aircraft to travel between his speaking and
preaching engagements all over the country. 
Because the surplus military aircraft he wanted to use for these flights
required modification, he started our aviation program, which included both
pilot training and aircraft maintenance training. We consistently hear that
graduates from this program do well and are prepared to take on the challenges
faced in today's aviation industry. 
Avionics News: How has your program changed over the years to meet
industry needs?
Fortier: There have been many changes over its six decades of operation.
The A&P program was originally a Bachelor of Science in engineering



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