The Southern Utah University College of Aerospace Sciences and Technology held its bi-annual career fair on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the school’s main aviation hangar. The event featured 28 vendor booths where students had the opportunity to begin networking with employers from all across the United States.
Erin Paul, marketing director for the aviation program, was pleased with the number of students and prospective students that came to the career fair.
“Our goal was to create as many career connections as possible for our students,” said Paul. “The more they learn about available career options, they can hone in on what direction they want to go.”
Vendors who set up booths at the event ranged from major airlines such as SkyWest to government agencies and private companies.
Ryan Li, a freshman from California, went to the career fair in hopes of finding some direction for his future.
“I came to SUU because of all the good things I heard about the aviation program,” said Li. “My goal is to be a pilot for a major airline and I’m happy to have the opportunity to meet people from so many companies looking to hire the students from SUU.”
The SUU Aviation program is equipped with 16 airplanes and 14 helicopters in an effort to meet the demand for pilots throughout the world. Students who graduate from the program do it an average of 3 to 4 years earlier than most other aviation programs according to executive director of Aviation Mike Mower.
“What sets SUU apart is the speed from your first year with us to when you can begin in the industry,” said Mower. “We pride ourselves on experiential education, which means that you learn by being in the planes and helicopters getting real world experience as soon as you get here. Nearly 100% of all our graduates find a job in the aviation industry.”
Story by Connor Aste
Photos Courtesy of SUU.edu