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Like his sisters, Brooks has an early college start

Jericho Brooks ’21 has had his eye on his career choice since his freshman year when his parents gifted him with flying lessons. He has continued to pursue his private pilot license ever since and is just one step away from receiving that license before heading off to Indiana State University in the fall to major in aviation/professional flight.

Jericho might have earned his license sooner had the pandemic not put a pause on his flight time for a while. Still, he is on track to start college with his license, enabling him to save $15,000 in flight fees, he said. More significantly, thanks to college credits he earned while at Providence, he will be able to start college academically as a sophomore, just as his sisters, Cheyenne ’17 and Sierra ’18, did before him. His sisters both were accepted into the Indiana University Southeast nursing program in their first year of after high school, when most nursing majors do after a full-year at college.

“Having my pilots license before I go to college this fall is very key,” Jericho said. “It will allow me to skip my freshman year and graduate in three years instead of four, just like my sisters did. Having my private pilot license will allow me to skip the private pilot courses, and when you combine that with the college classes I took at Providence, I will have 29 credit hours when I start Indiana State in the fall.”

Jericho recently completed his final solo flight, a cross-country flight from Clark County Airport to Columbus and Bloomington. Now, he has met all the requirements for licensure and is studying, getting in night flight hours, and practicing maneuvers and landings in preparation for his check ride, the final test with the FAA to obtain his license.

In college, he plans to earn his instrument rating, commercial, multi-engine, and certified flight instructor licenses. After college, he hopes to fly private jets for a charter service or fly for a regional airline in order to earn enough flight hours to transition to a major airline as a commercial pilot.

Ever since his first flying lesson, he can’t imagine doing anything else, and he is grateful for all the opportunities that allow him to get a head start on college and his career.

“From my first discovery flight to now after 60 hours of flight time, I have enjoyed every second in the air,” Jericho said. “Sometimes the flights are fun, sometimes they are stressful and difficult, but it is a very rewarding job. Nothing beats the view from above the clouds in the cockpit.”

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