Two more universities join Delta’s Propel program for aspiring pilots

26th Aug 2021

Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) and Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Southern) have joined ​Delta’s Propel Pilot Career Path Program this year. Applications are open through Sept. 17.

​Delta’s Propel Pilot Career Path Program launched in 2018 to supplement pilot hiring needs by offering an accelerated path to the flight deck for selected students and employees. Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) and Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Southern) have joined the program this year, opening this career path to even more students. Students at SIU, Southeastern and 12 other partner universities can apply through Sept. 17.

After a rigorous interview and evaluation process, Delta will offer successful candidates a qualified job offer detailing a defined path and accelerated timeline to become a pilot. In addition, selected candidates will accumulate flight hours by instructing at the university where they trained, and then will have the option to fly for one of the Delta Connection Carriers or fly military aircraft for the Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve. Delta pilots will provide one-on-one mentoring to selected candidates.

SIU and Southeastern bring highly regarded aviation programs to the roster.

“This is the beginning of two new partnerships committed to ensuring the success of the students at outstanding institutions and providing Delta with quality candidates,” said First Officer and Propel liaison Courtney Copping. “Seeing is believing, and the Propel program shows students a defined path of how to achieve their dreams of flying for Delta.”

First Officer and Propel liaison Will Weiss said: “As a Southeastern alumni and Delta pilot, I’m very excited that Delta is adding Southeastern to the Propel program. The opportunities for current students are amazing, unlike any opportunities I had offered to me. Having a guaranteed job offer from Delta is an incredible opportunity. I hope to see many more Southeastern graduates here soon.”

“We are honored that Delta Air Lines has selected SIU Aviation as a partner in the Delta Propel program,” said Michael Burgener, interim director of SIU’s School of Aviation. “This partnership will benefit our aviation students by offering them a defined pathway from school to employment as professional pilots at Delta. The students and faculty have been looking forward to this program a great deal. This structured pathway will help them achieve their career goals in a faster, accelerated fashion.”

“On behalf of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Aviation Sciences Institute, we are extremely pleased that Delta Air Lines has recognized the excellence of our flight training and academic training programs. We sincerely look forward to providing Delta Air Lines top-rated airline pilot candidates for many years,” said Michael G. Gaffney, director of the Southeastern Aviation Sciences Institute.

Source: See Delta Press Release here.

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