Mon, Nov 27, 2006
Will Offer Internship, Interview Opportunities
Following the lead of programs such as Delta Connection Academy,
which promise an interview with a carrier upon successful
completion of training, Western Michigan University's College of
Aviation signed a deal with ExpressJet Airlines this month that
allows the school's graduates to interview with the airline.
The Kalamazoo Gazette reports graduates who complete
jet-equivalency training with a "B" average or better will be
eligible for an interview, as long as they also have a 3.0
grade-point average and 450 hours flight time (including 50 hours
"It's really a significant first step and a big plus for the
opportunity we're able to offer our student graduates," said Rick
Maloney, dean of WMU's College of Aviation.
The program is effective immediately.
Also known as Continental Express, ExpressJet is Continental's
regional carrier. The airline flies Embraer 135- and 145-series
RJs. In addition to the interview program, ExpressJet will also
offer three-month student internships in the areas of
administration, maintenance or flight ops.
Administrators at WMU say the initial agreement with ExpressJet
lasts six months, and will then come up for review. The school also
has verbal agreements with other airlines, Maloney said, but
nothing is in writing with those carriers as of yet.
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