UND, SkyWest Airlines announce partnership to provide career opportunities for student pilots

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John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences


The University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences and SkyWest Airlines are pleased to announce the SkyWest Pilot Cadet Program. This is a new partnership that provides students with unmatched opportunities toward becoming a first officer at SkyWest Airlines.

UND students from certain aviation majors who meet the requirements and have obtained a Commercial Pilot Certificate and a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate may apply to the SkyWest Pilot Cadet Program. Once accepted, both the school and airline will mentor the students, providing them with specific, current information about all aspects of becoming a SkyWest pilot. Cadets will also receive a retained hire date and may have opportunities to participate in SkyWest recruiting events and outreach programs.

Once the cadets have completed a Bachelor of Science degree and the required flight training, they will work as flight instructors to build up their flight experience, as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Successfully completing the program does not automatically move the graduate into a first officer position; however, cadets are provided with a conditional offer of employment and are guaranteed a final interview for a first officer position at SkyWest Airlines.

UND students who are interested in the SkyWest Pilot Cadet Program should contact Students Services at UND Aerospace at 701.777.2918.

UND also has defined career agreements with Cape Air/JetBlue, ExpressJet Airlines and Envoy/American Airlines.

About UND Aerospace

UND Aerospace, which includes the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota and the UND Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF), is an international leader in collegiate and contract aviation education and training services flying over 115,000 hours per year in over 120 fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft. UNDAF also has facilities in Phoenix, Arizona, in conjunction with Chandler-Gilbert Community College; and Crookston, Minnesota, with the University of Minnesota, in addition to its home-base in Grand Forks, North Dakota.