United and Local High School to Offer Students Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Training Experience
Airline teams up with Davis A&M to help underrepresented students prepare for aviation careers with training from aircraft maintenance experts
United to cover the cost of internships and flight training for dozens of students each year
CLEVELAND, Oct. 22, 2020 – United today announced a partnership with Cleveland’s Davis Aerospace and Maritime (A&M) High School to provide students with meaningful opportunities to pursue careers in aviation through internships, mentorships and hands-on technical training from the company’s aircraft maintenance experts. Through this unique program, the company will also cover the cost of internships and flight training for dozens of aspiring aviators each year.
The collaboration between United, Davis A&M, PHASTAR – one of the school’s co-founders – and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District will enable young people from underreprsented groups to build the skills needed to excel in science, technology, engineering and mathmatics (STEM), while helping to bridge the opportunity gap through firsthand training programs.
“United’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion extends beyond the boundaries of our airline, and into the communities we proudly serve,” said Phil Griffith, United’s vice president of technical operations and supply chain. “This partnership with Davis A&M will enhance the student curriculum, enrich our current workforce in ways we can’t even imagine, and offer a pathway for the next generation of aircraft technicians and pilots.”
Following the successful launch of its Davis A&M partnership, United hopes to create similar programs in cities across the U.S. for underrepresented students to have career experiences with the airline.
As part of United’s support, the company will provide internships for 20 to 30 students each school year, immersing them in the technical aspects of aircraft maintenance, engineering and other areas of the airline industry. United will also cover the costs of flight training for more than 10 students. This will enable participants to get a headstart on earning a pilot’s license through the airline’s Aviate program, which seeks to increase and diversify applicants for future pilot openings.
Through this program, United will also host field trips to its hangar at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, introducing students to airline’s aircraft maintenance operation. Additionally, the program partners will provide educational sessions about aircraft parts and fabrication through the use of 3D printing in the Davis A&M school lab.
“The Cleveland Plan, our blueprint for education reform, calls for providing students with real-world experience that serves as a gateway to careers,” Cleveland School District CEO Eric Gordon said. “This unique public-private partnership is an outstanding example of how we can expose them to different fields and show them options.”
United’s commitment to Davis A&M High School also includes providing mentoring opportunites for students by teaming up with PHASTAR, the nonprofit which co-founded the school in 2017.
“We have worked for more than a decade to create a high school that has real world links to the excitement and opportunity of the Aerospace and Maritime industries. United’s investment and support in our vision, our staff and our kids is confirmation that we have charted the right course,” said Captain Drew Ferguson, PHASTAR president.
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About Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School
Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School is a cutting-edge public high school designed for students who wish to pursue their curiosity or passion for aerospace or maritime in a supportive environment that prepares them for college, careers, and citizenship. Founded in 2017 through a unique private-public partnership between PHASTAR Corporation and the CMSD, Davis A&M includes 9th through 12th grade, and will have its first graduating class at the end of the 2020-21 school year. For more information visit www.davisam.org.
PHASTAR Corporation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation born out of vision to improve the quality of education and public services in Northeast Ohio. PHASTAR currently includes three areas of operation: Education, Aerospace, and Maritime. PHASTAR conceived and co-founded the Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School. For more information visit www.phastar.org.