CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) The aviation careers of Southern Utah University students are taking off in a big way with a new partnership just announced with Skywest Airlines.
“As of right now, I am technically hired by Skywest Airlines,” Marshal Macri said.
Macri wanted to fly since he was five. Now, the Pilot Pathway Program is making that a reality for the SUU junior.
“With the increased demand for pilots now, regional airlines like Skywest have really become more aggressive to get pilots in and help them be successful with their careers,” Macri said.
“Some of the things that make us unique is our altitude. We are at 5,600 feet right here and by the time you throw in a hot summer day, the aircraft thinks you’re operating at a much higher altitude,” Executive Director of SUU Aviation Michael Mower said, while showing off one of the university’s planes.
Alongside a $10,000 tuition reimbursement, aviation students within the program get mentor-ship from an airline captain while in school. Upon graduation, they will have seniority as a first officer at Skywest.
“It is an amazing opportunity for the students. This partnership is fabulous.” Mower said.
The university expects to have hundreds of students enrolled in the program within the next two years.