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Aviation students get a jump start on their careers

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Young female pilot smiling in front of a small plane

When Jenna Yee dreamed of becoming a pilot, the Waterloo aviation student assumed she’d start small, spending time in the north to get her flying career off the ground.

But a new five-year agreement between the University of Waterloo and the Jazz Aviation Pathways Program (Jazz APP) means some aviation students will get a jump on a more direct career pathway with a major airline.

“This opportunity really opens a whole new pathway into the industry,” says Yee.

Jazz APP provides a direct career path for qualifying aviation students in their final year of study, offering flight simulator evaluations, student scholarships, and the opportunity for top-performing grads to transition to First Officer positions with Jazz or its affiliates.

Members of this year’s graduating class are looking forward to the opportunity to be considered for direct entry into a major airline, said Ian McKenzie, Director of Aviation at Waterloo. “Our graduates currently fly globally to every continent, even Antarctica. The Jazz APP offers a 4 to 5-year jump start to their aviation career.”

Read the full story on the Aviation website