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Salt Lake City – Westminster College has formed a bridge partnership with SkyWest Airlines that will offer opportunities for students earning their professional pilot degrees to become SkyWest Airlines first officers.
Under the SkyWest Pilot Cadet Program, students who have earned a flight operations degree from Westminster and have been hired as a flight instructor for the college are eligible to apply.
“We are very pleased to partner with SkyWest — the largest regional carrier in the country — and provide our students with such exciting career opportunities,” said Gerry Fairbairn, Westminster’s chair of the Aviation Studies Division.
Students in the Pilot Cadet Program will be individually mentored by SkyWest captains, will retain SkyWest date-of-hire while in the program, assist with job fairs and outreach programs and have a guaranteed pilot interview with the airline after their minimum qualifications are met.
Brooke Lawrence, a 2012 Westminster alumna and current certified flight instructor, hopes to fly for the airlines someday, and believes the program will not only benefit students, but will help Westminster’s Aviation program as a whole.
“The SkyWest Pilot Cadet Program sounds like a great opportunity,” she said. “It gives students a starting point and helps them prepare for what the airline interviews are going to be like.”
Students in the Pilot Cadet Program must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, complete advanced jet training courses and attain the FAA ratings of commercial pilot/instrument and multi-engine, and certified flight instructor/instrument.
Students interested in the SkyWest Airlines Pilot Cadet Program should visit: www.westminstercollege.edu/aviation.