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Kudos of the Month: Spartan College


SINCE 1928: Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology is celebrating its 90th year in operation. Pictured from left are Spartan consultant Dave Blankenship, Vice President of Flight Operations John Fitzpatrick and Spartan CEO Dan Peterson.



Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology is celebrating its 90th year in operation.

Established in 1928, Spartan has produced over 100,000 technicians and pilots. Trainees have included military personnel, as well as those in Spartan’s various educational programs.

The school’s main campus sits near Tulsa International Airport, with a second campus at Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport.

Tulsa oilman and Founder of Spartan William G. Skelly believed that the changing transportation industry would soon need more skilled aircraft pilots and technicians, leading to the birth of the aviation school.

Skelly was also instrumental in building Tulsa International Airport, originally named Tulsa Municipal Airport.

J. Paul Getty took over the school in the 1930s and remained in charge during World War II. Through the school and Spartan Aircraft Company, Getty presided over Spartan’s manufacturing of military aircraft during that era.

Spartan offers academic programs ranging from certificates to bachelor’s degrees with focuses on aviation electronics, aviation management, aviation maintenance, non-destructive testing, HVAC and pilot studies.

The school’s mission is “to provide a supportive educational environment for students to actively participate in learning and to provide quality career-oriented higher education programs to a diverse student population.”

In addition to its two Tulsa campuses, Spartan has two campuses in California and one in Colorado. The Tulsa campus recently named a new president. Please see page 24.

Updated 03-20-2018

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