The IAM has enjoyed a long partnership with Aviation High School and SUNY Empire State College (ESC) and now a new partnership was recently developed with the help and support of the IAM, the United Federation of Teachers, and the American Federation of Teachers.

Representatives from the organizations, including IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes, signed the new partnership last week. The program will award Aviation High School graduates who earn their Federal Aviation Administration airframe or powerplant license with up to 29 college credits towards a bachelor’s degree in transportation management or labor studies, roughly the equivalent of one year of college before enrolling in courses at SUNY Empire State College.

“The IAM is happy to partner with both schools and our labor allies in education,” said Cervantes. “This new partnership will create future aviation leaders with the educational tools and labor rights background they need to have a successful aviation career.”

Since 2014, the IAM has partnered with ESC to offer associate and bachelor’s degrees in labor studies through the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies in New York City. The partnership also provides a master’s degree in work and labor policy. Degree programs are conducted online, with week-long residencies that occur once a semester at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

“I’ve had a long history with Aviation High School,” added Cervantes. “For more than 20 years, the IAM would fly 30-40 students each year to the W3 Center to participate in a partnership program that would provide students with an overview of the opportunities their A&P certification could provide.” 

Visit the SUNY Empire State College website to learn more about this new and exciting program.

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