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Aug. 30, 2006
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU prepares for take off with Cessna Collegiate Center program

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University and the Eagle Flight Center at Willow Run are first in line to become a Cessna Collegiate Center.

Representatives from Cessna and EMU, along with other college flight center representatives, met at Eagle Flight Centre at Willow Run Aug. 30 to discuss plans.

 “We are solidifying our relationship with Cessna and helping to build a foundation for the development of these centers nationwide,” said Tony Adamski, director of EMU’s aviation technology program. “This opportunity with Cessna provides EMU with worldwide opportunities for our students. This relationship will allow us to utilize the newest technology and provide state-of-the-art education and flight training.”

“This is a great opportunity to team with the industry leader and have the identity of the Cessna brand. We are proud to be a part of the Cessna team,” said Tom Trumbull, president of Eagle Flight Centre.

Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2006, Cessna delivered 1,239 aircraft, including 307 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $4.2 billion and a backlog of $8.5 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, more than 189,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered to nearly every country in the world.

The Cessna Collegiate Program is designed to provide recruiting, retention and marketing tools to its partners. Some benefits include: instructional seminars designed specifically for college aviations programs; Cessna flight instructors to train flight instructors on site; special Cessna purchase options; curriculum development assistance and career and internship opportunities.

EMU partnered with Eagle Flight Center at Willow Run in 2002 to offer the first bachelor of science degree in aviation technology in southeast Michigan. EMU aviation flight curriculum encompasses a program of study that takes individuals from student pilots to certified flight instructors. The program has grown from 15 students in 2002 to approximately 100 this year.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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