AAR and WSU Tech have announced a new aviation maintenance education and training partnership to further enhance instruction, as well as student job experiences and career prospects at AAR upon graduation.
AAR’s EAGLE Career Pathway program will expand the curriculum of WSU Tech’s aviation maintenance technology program to include job shadowing and mentoring, as well as academic support and monitoring. WSU Tech students who pursue the FAA-certified aircraft mechanic’s certificate are eligible for up to $15,000 in tuition reimbursements from AAR.
AAR Vice President of Maintenance Workforce Development, Ryan Goertzen, joined WSU Tech President, Dr. Sheree Utash and Dean of Aviation Technologies, Jim Hall, as well as a hangar full of WSU Tech Aviation Maintenance Technology students for the official announcement on September 9 at WSU Tech’s main campus in the National Center for Aviation Training, located in Wichita, Kansas.
“WSU Tech is excited about this new partnership with AAR and the EAGLE Career Pathway program,” said Dr. Utash. “This program will create more opportunities for our students by providing stackable skills and certifications that lead directly to jobs at AAR along with much needed financial assistance for students to continue their education and advance their careers.”
“We are honored to collaborate with WSU Tech to implement this advanced, hands-on element to their A&P certification program,” said Goertzen. “The EAGLE Career Pathway program equips students with onsite job experience and competitive skills, so they graduate prepared for the workforce and aware of the diverse and exciting aviation fields and certifications they can pursue as a career. We look forward to their alumni joining our MRO team.”
AAR’s partnership with WSU Tech is one of many ways the company is connecting students with education and real-world job experience to fill the gaps in aviation for middle skills that do not require a bachelor’s degree. There is demand for 189,000 new mechanics in North America through 2037, according to a Boeing study. But aircraft maintenance technicians (AMTs) are already in short supply.
“Wichita is historically a general aviation hub, and at the National Center for Aviation Training, we are internationally known for producing high-quality general aviation airframe and powerplant mechanics,” said Jim Hall, Dean of Aviation Technologies at WSU Tech. “Partnering with AAR provides WSU Tech’s aviation maintenance program the opportunity to expand its training to include commercial aviation and will allow WSU Tech to produce high-quality commercial aviation mechanics.”
AAR is introducing the EAGLE Career Pathway at schools near its five U.S. aircraft repair stations.
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