WMU has commenced a partnership with Delta Airlines designed to find the next generation of Delta pilots. The agreement was first announced in early 2017, in which WMU College of Aviation students accepted into the program will be put on an accelerated path to becoming a Delta pilot; the airline begins accepting student applications in August.

"This is a first-of-its-kind program with a major airline, and the College of Aviation is proud to be recognized by Delta Air Lines as an initial collegiate aviation institution partner." - Dave Powell, Dean of WMU College of Aviation

WMU is one of eight universities with accredited aviation programs that are partnering with Delta's "Propel" collegiate pilot career path.

"This program comes at a critical time in aviation in which we are experiencing a pilot shortage, increases to educational costs for students who wish to become professional aviators and a significant shortage in certified flight instructors who would help train students," Powell says.

Delta is looking to hire some 8,000 pilots in the next decade.

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