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High-flying Caymanian students have a new opportunity to get involved in the air transport industry thanks to a collaboration between the island’s university college and a newly formed airline. 

BlueSky Aviation has partnered with the University College of the Cayman Islands to offer a bachelor-level Air Transport Management course. 

The course, which starts Wednesday and runs to June 25, is being offered to UCCI students as an elective. It is also available as a training program for people already working in the air transport industry or looking for a career change. 

The course covers the operations, marketing, planning and economic areas of air transport management. 

Roy Bodden, president of UCCI, said the partnership and the college’s connection with a University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt, Germany, through a visiting faculty member, means that opportunities are developing in aviation training. 

“I welcome the opportunity to partner with BlueSky Aviation in offering this course in air transport management,” Mr. Bodden said. “The University College had such a course before and now I think we have a wonderful opportunity to take matters even further.” 

Kenny Rankin, chief executive officer of BlueSky, said, “BlueSky Aviation is pleased to partner with UCCI and bring a new career focused course to the Cayman Islands. By offering both educational and employment opportunities, we hope to be a positive part of the economic recovery and development of our islands, both now and for many years to come.” 

With a total of 13 classes, the course runs once a year on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at a cost of $1,000. Those who successfully complete the Air Transport Management course will be eligible to apply for postgraduate education in the same subject from a U.K. university.  

BlueSky Aviation has said it will give preference to students of this course when recruiting in 2014.  

For more information, contact Diane Campbell at [email protected] 


Kenny Rankin of BlueSky, left, and Roy Bodden, president of UCCI, promote the new aviation course.

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