About PIA

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Divisions of PIA

Since its doors were first opened in 1929, PIA has taken pride in the quality of its education programs and the successes of its graduates. Regardless of the program, a PIA education emphasizes hands-on learning. Qualified faculty members strive to present thorough and thoughtful instruction as they blend their practical experiences with new information and techniques. Of equal importance is the list of student services that are provided from the first day of instruction through, and beyond, graduation.

PIA’s main campus offers AST degree programs in Aviation Technology. The branch campuses also offer a diploma or certificate program in Aviation Maintenance Technology.

The Jump Start Division offers short-term training programs at the main campus, as well as at a number of locations in West Virginia.

We welcome the opportunity to serve the academic needs of both traditional and non-traditional students, and we invite you to contact our staff with any questions you may encounter as you explore our educational offerings.

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History

The Future is You

PIA’s longevity can be greatly attributed to its continuous pursuit of excellence in education. With the incredible changes that have taken place in the aviation industry, the economy, and the world since 1929, it seems unlikely that a school that offers such specialized training would remain in existence, and even more unlikely that it would remain at the forefront of its field. Yet, PIA has done just that. PIA's commitment to serving the needs of its students and employees, along with a responsibility to both the industry and the community, has secured its position as a well-respected postsecondary educational institution.

Ultimately, however, the future of aviation falls to you, the student. Our job at PIA is to prepare you for the ever-changing, ever-challenging field, but the rest is up to you. You take the knowledge you gain at PIA and carry it far beyond the campus, and, through determination, hard-work, and skill, you are the ones shaping the future of the industry forever.

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Governance

Sue-Markle-PIA-PresidentPIA is a not-for-profit organization with 501(c) 3 status, and is governed by a Board of Directors. The President and CEO is Suzanne Markle. Below outlines the organizational structure of PIA’s Administration as well as a full listing of PIA’s Board of Directors.

 

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Missions and Philosophy

PIA is committed to the pursuit of higher education that is both meaningful to the individual and valuable to society. The Institute believes that it serves the dual functions of providing its learners with opportunities, while furnishing the community with its most valuable resources, skilled men and women who possess the willingness to learn and the propensity to mature as contributing members of society.

To accomplish its objectives, PIA believes that school programs must:

  1. develop specific career-related skills,
  2. broaden abilities in essential academic areas, and
  3. form attitudinal traits compatible with career goals.

In order to be effective, these studies must be dispensed through an appropriate collection of instructional techniques, each designed to best achieve its specific objective(s). In reaching these goals, PIA accomplishes its purpose as a provider of career opportunities and fulfills its role as an institution of higher learning.

Equipment Donations

To further support PIA’s mission, you or your company may assist PIA in training skilled workers by making monetary or physical asset donations to the institution. Many organizations within the industries for which we are training the future workforce (aviation, electrical and transportation) may have excess or below specification equipment that would be ideal for training purposes. Donations to PIA come in all different shapes and sizes! If you are particularly interested in donating training equipment to PIA, please contact John Kovac at 1-800-444-1440 or jkovac@pia.edu to initiate the physical asset donation assessment process..

As a non-profit organization maintaining an IRS 501 (c )(3) designation, the value of monetary contributions and donated assets are usually tax deductible for the donor. To learn about the benefits of donating to a 501 (c )(3) organization, please refer to the IRS’ Charitable Contributions Publication 526 at www.irs.gov.