Central Oregon Community College (COCC)

Aviation Degree Program

WE ARE OPEN, Accepting students, and ready to safely fly with you!

Ready to learn to fly but not sure where to start? Central Oregon Community College (COCC) in Bend offers a program to help you get there.

With COCC, you’ll earn your Aviation Science Degree in just two years while completing much of your flight training onsite at Leading Edge. As part of the 12-year relationship, LEFA provides the aircraft critical to the success of the COCC Aviation Program. Together, we’ve launched 150+ graduate-pilots.


Earn a degree and your pilot’s license

When you enroll in the COCC degree program, you’ll earn your degree while completing training towards your helicopter or airplane pilot ratings. Together, an academic degree plus pilot training position you for success in your future employment

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Financial Aid Available

COCC students may be eligible for federal student grants, scholarship, and loans. Private scholarship opportunities may also be available exclusively to COCC students. Finally, student loans may be available from private lending institutions to bridge the gap between education cost and federal financial aid

Experienced instructors

COCC Aviation faculty are accomplished aviators. Together with COCC, they have developed an outstanding flight training degree program that meets the needs of individual students while preparing them for future success

Fully qualified for Veteran benefits and financial aid

For Veterans taking flight training through the GI Bill®/VA program, enrolling in COCC ensures that you receive complete education benefits. If personally paying for flight training, enrolling in the degree program gives you access to financial aid possibilities such as grants, scholarships, and student loans

Horizon Program

COCC, in partnership with Horizon Air, offers eligible students $7,500 toward flight training. With the goal of encouraging students to invest in their community, students become eligible for the grant when they agree to stay and teach as a certified flight instructor for a COCC-approved FAA Part 141 school, like Leading Edge Aviation

Helicopter training





Launch an in-demand, adventure-filled career





Airplane Training



Everything you need to start your in-demand piloting career