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American Airlines Cadet Academy announces pilot-training program with Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

The American Airlines Cadet Academy has announced a partnership with Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology. This is the first collegiate partner for the academy. Spartan cadets can earn their FAA certificates and ratings while simultaneously earning a degree. Cadets who graduate from Spartan will qualify for a restricted ATP certificate at 1,250 flight hours. Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Spartan is the Cadet Academy's first collegiate partner offering an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation flight. This expands the training network to five locations. "The American Airlines Cadet Academy is designed to address all of the obstacles associated with a traditional flight training path," said Christina Flores, Managing Director of Aviation Recruiting and Programs at American Airlines. "We are thrilled to offer a new pathway which includes building flight time while working towards a college degree with the support of mentorship and financial aid." This new program at Spartan College can be completed in as few as 17 months with reduced ATP hours as well as financial aid and housing options. Certified flight instructors can continue their education and earn a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management degree from Spartan.RELATED CONTENT: American Airlines Cadet Academy team spreading awareness of aviation as a career to youth "Spartan is well known for providing broad access to aspiring pilots from all backgrounds and for the high standards of our flight training," said Spartan College CEO Rob Polston. "We are committed to working with American Airlines to train a pipeline of new pilots to meet their needs for years to come. We are honored to partner with one of the world's leading airlines and train the next generation of pilots in their innovative Cadet Academy." Since launching in 2018, the Cadet Academy has had over 700 applicants enter and over 100 have graduated from the program already. The Academy has a goal to eliminate financial barriers that many pilots face when entering the program as well as encourage growth and diversity among pilot ranks. The program pairs enrolled students with an American Airline pilot as a mentor and qualified candidates are given access to the American Airlines Federal Credit Union Cadet Loan Program for financial assistance. After graduation, one of American's three owned regional carriers like Envoy, Piedmont, and PSA offer graduates an interview.
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