Aviation Students Meet with PSA Airlines Reps

Aviation Students Meet with PSA Airlines Reps

OU Extended Campus School of Aviation Studies students had the opportunity to meet with representatives of PSA Airlines on Monday, Aug. 19, and learn about a recent pathway OU has opened for students interested in flying for a commercial airline.

PSA’s Pilot Cadet Program offers Aviation students in the professional pilot and aviation management-flying concentrations the opportunity to interview with a regional carrier that operates throughout the Midwest and eastern United States as part of the American Airlines travel network. Students who enter the program receive financial assistance, mentorship and a direct flow to positions within American Airlines once they are ready to transition into their careers as pilots.

PSA Senior Pilot Recruiter Christian Roper, Capt. Michael Hancock, a PSA cadet mentor, and PSA Associate Recruiter Ebony Searcy had their first opportunity to meet with both new and returning students during Aviation’s annual Welcome Back Picnic.

“The conversations everyone was having and the joy around being here was definitely the same as it is at PSA,” Roper said. “Both cultures are close-knit. Everyone knows everyone and is willing to help everyone. We really look forward to developing that same kind of close-knit culture here at OU, too.

“There are a lot of opportunities in the industry right now. With this partnership being established, it really gives students the opportunity to explore those options.”

Roper and his colleagues gave students an even deeper insight into what the Pilot Cadet Program offers during Aviation’s Safety Meeting that evening.

“It was a great opportunity for PSA’s recruiters to meet the students in a nice, relaxing environment and speak with them about the Pilot Cadet Program,” said Eric Metoyer, Interim Director of the School of Aviation Studies. “I was very encouraged to see the students approaching them and asking questions. The PSA recruiters were very engaging with the students and emphasized the mentorship that comes with the program.

“We’re excited to have a partner like PSA Airlines, and we’re excited that we can offer our students another career path into the airlines.”

To learn more about the aviation degree options available at the University of Oklahoma, contact OU Aviation Advising at (405) 325-6033 or visit pacs.ou.edu/aviation.

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