Students Get The Leading Interview Edge
Giving Western Michigan
University College of Aviation graduates a job hunting "edge," the
college signed a "preferred interview" agreement with AirNet
Systems on Friday, reported The Battle Creek Enquirer.
This agreement is the aviation college's fourth; it has three
other airline agreements with ExpressJet, ASA, and American Eagle.
And, according to Dean of WMU College of Aviation Capt. Rick
Maloney, the institution is currently negotiating with three
Ohio-based AirNet's preferred interview agreement delineates
that students who have: acquired 450 hours of flight time; receive
a WMU chief flight instructor letter of recommendation; and good
performance and training records, will be granted an interview.
Additional requirements are outlined in the agreement.
"Getting the interviews is about 75 percent of the challenge,"
said Capt. Maloney. "... This is a very exciting opportunity."
Craig Washka, director of pilot recruitment for AirNet, said
Friday that AirNet has hired dozens of WMU graduates over the years
and knows the quality of Western's program.
"This is a tremendous opportunity
for us to have a closer relationship with a college that's near our
location in Columbus, OH, and help develop pilots for the
AirNet also is expected to have about a dozen internships
available this summer, he added.
AirNet Systems has been providing time-critical air
transportation services for small package shippers and banking
customers to more than 100 cities nationwide for more than 28
Also in the news is the "Fly Team Michigan!" consortium,
announced last month, that includes aviation programs at WMU,
Jackson Community College, Lansing Community College, Delta
College, and Northwestern Michigan College. The goal of "Fly Team
Michigan!" is to collaborate on programs and make Michigan a hub
for aviation. Together, the five programs have more than 950