By Mike Greife, April 13, 2016
WARRENSBURG, MO – Students in the Department of Aviation at the University of Central Missouri will reap the benefits of agreements recently signed with two regional airlines.
Memoranda of understanding were signed by UCM with Republic Airways and ExpressJet providing UCM aviation graduates who meet the specified requirements with the opportunity to obtain an interview with the airline for a position as a pilot. The requirements include a minimum grade point average and the required FAA certifications and ratings, as specified by the airlines.
John Auditore, senior talent acquisition agent for Republic Airways, and Roger Best, dean of UCM’s Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies, signed the memorandum March 4 creating the new partnership with Republic Airways and the Republic Airways Aviation Career Pipeline.
Jack Eastes, first officer and pilot recruiter for ExpressJet, and Deborah Curtis, UCM provost and chief learning officer, signed the memorandum between UCM and ExpressJet April 1, affirming the relationship between UCM Aviation and the ExpressJet Pilot Pathway Program.
According to Tony Monetti, assistant dean of aviation and executive director of UCM’s Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport, the two new agreements are now added to the list of similar agreements with GoJet and Envoy airlines.
“The airlines are in need of qualified pilots to replace experienced pilots who are retiring,” Monetti said. “We have been fortunate to be able to partner with airlines who recognize the quality of our aviation graduates and the program they complete, and they are excited about offering our graduates a great opportunity. It’s a win-win situation for UCM and the airlines.”