Angelo State joins Southwest Airlines’ pilot recruitment program

Angelo State University and Southwest Airlines have announced ASU as a university partner in the airline’s Destination 225 pilot recruitment program, which will provide ASU commercial aviation students a defined pathway to become competitively qualified for career opportunities with Southwest Airlines.

On a compass, 225 is the southwest directional heading, and the Destination 225 program was developed to lead aspiring pilots to Southwest Airlines. ASU is just the sixth university partner to join the program since its inception in 2019.

ASU President Ronnie Hawkins Jr. and the Vice President of Flight Operations for Southwest Airlines, Lee Kinnebrew, announced the partnership agreement Wednesday, Aug. 3, on the ASU campus.

“We are honored for Angelo State to partner with Southwest Airlines’ Destination 225 Program,” Hawkins said. “As a Hispanic Serving Institution, we recognize the opportunity a partnership like this presents for all our students to become pilots and aviation professionals, but especially minorities and women who are underrepresented in both the commercial and military aviation industry. This is another great step in achieving both our vision and mission at Angelo State of being an innovative leader in initiatives that provide graduates who are competitive on a global stage. “

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