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 is the home of the School of Specialized Technology, offering degree programs in Aviation Technology. The branch campuses also offer a diploma or certificate program in Aviation Maintenance Technology.

PIA’s short-term training division offers programs at the main campus, as well as at a number of locations in West Virginia. The PIA Truck Driving Program and Heavy Equipment Operator Training Program are not accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

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.


PIA 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.