INDIANAPOLIS - Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis and Vincennes University are teaming up to offer a new joint aviation degree. The program, to be offered at the Aviation Technology Center in Indianapolis beginning this fall, aims to give high school students a direct pathway to a career in aviation.

The program will follow a "2+2" model. Students complete an associate's degree in aviation flight or maintenance with Vincennes University, then transfer to Purdue's curriculum to complete a bachelor's degree in aeronautical technology. Students that already hold a Vincennes degree in aviation technology or flight can complete the aeronautical technology degree at Purdue Polytechnic. Students can complete both degrees at Vincennes University tuition rates.

The schools say the Aviation Technology Center will allow students to hone their skills on the same technology used in actual aircraft, leaving them prepared for the aviation job market once they complete their flight certificates.

Vincennes and Purdue will give more details on the program at a "Breakfast at the Hangar" event at the Aviation Technology Center on May 23 at 8:00 a.m.. The event will feature leaders from Purdue Polytechnic and Vincennes University as well as a representative from the aviation industry.