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Lance Lamkin, airport operations officer at OU’s Max Westheimer Airport, says CareerTech training gives students interested in an aviation career advantage as they pursue training opportunities beyond CareerTech. “If you’re coming from CareerTech to the University of Oklahoma School of Aviation, there isn’t much of a difference,” Lamkin said. “We make it a very seamless transition. I see the future of aviation in the state of Oklahoma being nothing but bright.”
The OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies School of Aviation Studies partners with airlines across the U.S. to offer pathway programs that give students the opportunity to work toward careers with some of the nation’s largest airlines. These partnerships help qualifying students launch their aviation careers and get into the right seat of a commercial airline sooner.
The programs are open to students in Professional Pilot or Aviation Management – Flying concentrations with a private pilot certificate and provide recruitment, screening, selection, training and placement strategies to cadets—as well as mentorships with current pilots and tuition assistance—as they earn their ratings and ultimately become certified flight instructors for their airline at OU.
The School of Aviation Studies has a rich history of aviation education and training, and these partnerships help the university to continue providing excellent aviation training and flight education for future pilots.
OU currently has cadet partnership agreements with the following airlines:
The Destination 225° University pathway is designed for collegiate aviators who attend a Southwest partner university or complete a Southwest Campus Reach Internship.
The Southwest Airlines Destination 225°Program provides various pathways to provide the opportunity to get you to the right seat of a Southwest aircraft.
The Destination 225° University pathway is designed for collegiate aviators who attend a Southwest® partner university or complete a Southwest Airlines® Campus Reach Internship.
Our vision is to ease the barriers to becoming a pilot and guide those who are selected to the University pathway in their next steps: gaining relevant flight experience with a Southwest Airlines partner, in order to put themselves in a position to join the ranks as a Southwest Airlines Pilot. Destination 225° is designed to be highly accessible, cost-effective, and innovative.
Southwest is proud to offer this transition training with the university and corporate partners.
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Flight students can receive a Conditional Offer of Employment with Republic Airways as early as their instrument rating or commercial certificate!
This program requires no commitment or contractual obligation. Below you’ll find the requirements for this program based on your flight training program in addition to the application and interview process. The RJet Cadet program is the ideal transition from the classroom to the cockpit with the nation’s leading regional carriers on ultra-modern Embraer E 170/175 aircraft. Because of our diversity in partners – Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines – as well as our broad base locations, Republic Airways offers a unique set of options for any interested candidate.
PSA Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional Jet aircraft. We have an incredible team of more than 5,000 team members who do a tremendous job of operating more than 800 daily flights to nearly 100 destinations on behalf of American Airlines.
As a PSA pilot, you'll be part of a close-knit, passionate team flying exclusively for American Airlines. You'll receive an enhanced compensation package, unparalleled advancement opportunities and benefits few other regionals can match.
To always deliver satisfied customers to their destinations, safely and on time.
Your career as a mainline pilot for the largest airline in the world, American Airlines, can start here. PSA cadets can expect the following.
Envoy’s Cadet Program is designed to help the most promising university and commercial flight school student pilots make a smooth transition from the classroom to the regional flight deck.
Once you are employed as a Flight Instructor at one of our numerous affiliate programs, we provide you with all the benefits of being an Envoy employee. Benefits will include travel privileges for you and your immediate family on American Airlines flights; comprehensive health, dental and vision coverage; 401(k) retirement with company match contributions; American Airlines Group profit sharing; and paid vacation and sick time accrual.
For more information, contact Envoy Pilot Recruitment at (972) 374-5607 or via email at Envoy.Cadet@aa.com.
"The aviation program at OU gave me the foundation to build a successful career as an air traffic controller. The aviation professors are knowledgeable in their respective fields and dedicated to your success as an individual and aviation professional. Learning expands beyond the classroom through the ability to network and visit facilities as a part of aviation student organizations. Small class sizes at a large university allow for quality training and friendships that last a lifetime. Boomer Sooner!"
- Taylor Shannon, School of Aviation Studies
“As a prospective student, I visited many collegiate programs across the country. What stood out about the OU School of Aviation Studies was just how welcoming the staff and students were. OU felt like a big family from day one. As a student, I quickly realized that this program is unique because although it is part of a big school, it maintains a small school feel. I feel known rather than just being another student.
I have never felt a part of something so special before. Nowhere else in the country can you attend a school with an elite athletics program, distinguished academics, and receive the highest level of flight training. OU Aviation is truly one of a kind!”
- Matt Gense, School of Aviation Studies Alumnus
"OU Aviation is the foundation of my successful career as a professional pilot. The program’s framework of continuous learning has propelled me through a decade of professional flying. First, as a regional airline pilot, then as a corporate pilot, and now as a pilot at FedEx Express. In each new role, my experience at OU Aviation directly contributed to my ability to learn and excel. Beyond teaching technical knowledge and skills, the program has a strong sense of community and is an incubator for young pilots. OU Aviation creates lifelong friendships, professional connections, and unparalleled opportunities for growth and development."
- Tom Bishop, School of Aviation Studies Alumnus