OU’s Airline Partnerships Help Aviation Students Fly Sooner


OU’s Airline Partnerships Help Aviation Students Fly Sooner

The OU Extended Campus School of Aviation Studies is renowned as one of the top aviation programs in the nation, with a rich history of education and training that is highly valued by an industry in need of talented and well-trained pilots. The professional and positive attitude the program instills in students, and their immersion in a safety culture that relies on trust, integrity and pilot-in-command leadership, makes graduates of the OU aviation program prime candidates for potential hire at several airlines across the U.S.

With the need for pilots at an all-time high in the U.S. and internationally, there has never been a better time for individuals who aspire to a career as a pilot to reach for their dreams.

In addition to providing a high-quality education, OU faculty encourage students to think ahead about the careers they want and begin working toward those goals from day one. To assist in this effort, the School of Aviation Studies partners with commercial airlines across the U.S. to offer programs that provide students with a clearly defined path to careers with some of the nation’s largest regional and national airlines, allowing them get into the right seat of a commercial airline sooner.

OU added three new partnerships this year—with Republic Airways, PSA Airlines and Southwest Airlines—and continued its relationship with Envoy Airlines, its longest-running pathway program partnership. These partnerships take advantage of the university’s ability to provide excellent aviation training and flight education for future pilots while helping qualifying students launch their aviation careers.

The programs, which are open to students in Professional Pilot or Aviation Management – Flying concentrations who have earned a private pilot certificate, offer support to cadets as they earn their ratings. Throughout the process, the airlines provide recruitment, screening, selection, training and placement strategies to cadets, as well as mentorships with current pilots and tuition assistance.

With the need for pilots at an all-time high in the U.S. and internationally, there has never been a better time for individuals who aspire to a career as a pilot to reach for their dreams.

Visit the School of Aviation Studies website for more information about the flying and non-flying degree programs it offers. For information about additional educational opportunities for working adults, visit the OU Extended Campus website.

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Myk Mahaffey

Michael Mahaffey holds degrees in journalism and psychology. He is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience writing for print and digital publications, including award-winning coverage of the rodeo industry. In his spare time, he writes fiction, in addition to tinkering with graphic design and photography.