UD Announces Pilot Development Program Partnership with Republic Airline

May 9, 2018

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The University of Dubuque is pleased to announce that it has signed a partnership agreement for pilot development and career progression with Republic Airline.

“Our college partnerships enable us to have a unique presence on the campuses where we recruit,” said Tonya Gilbert, managing director of talent acquisition at Republic. “Students and faculty know that we have a vested interest not only in hiring alumni but also in supporting their program and connecting them to resources within the industry.”

The partnership enables flight students at collegiate aviation programs to interview with the airline before graduation. If students meet Republic’s qualifications, they receive a conditional offer of employment and will be eligible to receive a bonus of as much as $17,500 as well as direct support from Republic as they work toward achieving the flight hours or ratings to meet ATP minimum requirements.

“This is a unique and invaluable opportunity for UD students, and we look forward to working closely with Republic in providing good career options for our students,” said Chaminda Prelis, director of aviation programs at UD.

Republic pilots train to fly the Embraer E170 and E175 aircraft, the most advanced commercial aircraft in the industry. Since the creation of its first partnership program in 2015, Republic has had more than 500 pilot cadets enter the program, many of whom have already transitioned into First Officers with Republic.

The signing signals the latest airline agreement at UD that provides students a pathway to careers in aviation. Other agreements are Cape Air-JetBlue University Gateway Program, Delta Airlines Inc. and Endeavor Air Inc. Agreement, Envoy Cadet Program, ExpressJet Airline Pilot Pathway Program, GoJet Airlines’ Wingman Pipeline Program, Mesa Airlines and University of Dubuque Pilot Pipeline Program, Piedmont Airlines Pilot Cadet Program, PSA Pilot Cadet Program, SC Aviation Corporate Flying Internship, and SkyWest Pilot Bridge Program.

For more information on Republic Airline Pilot Cadet Program, http://www.rjet.com/en/Cadet.aspx.

About Republic Airline:
Republic Airline, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, operates a fleet of nearly 190 Embraer 170/175 aircraft and offers scheduled passenger service with 950 daily flights to 100 cities in 40 U.S. states, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America. The airline provides fixed-fee flights operated under its major airline partner brands of American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express. The airline employs about 5,500 aviation professionals. Visit www.rjet.com for more information.