SkyWest Pilot Career Pathway

at Spartan College

SkyWest Pilot Career Pathway at Spartan College

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The SkyWest Pilot Career Pathway

Career-Oriented Pilot Training

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Complete your associate degree in Aviation Flight at Spartan College while earning 6 FAA certifications and ratings.¹ In addition to a customized SkyWest experience, you may qualify for several exclusive benefits as you complete specific milestones toward graduation – and Spartan scholarships, if you qualify. 

The SkyWest Pilot Career Pathway engages Cadets throughout their education experience. This opportunity allows you to train for the professional pilot team at the largest U.S. regional airline.² Students can enjoy their SkyWest experience throughout their educational journey at Spartan College.

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Cities Serviced
Avg. Daily Departures 
40 Million
SkyWest Passengers

Education Assistance paid by SkyWest at Specific Milestones²

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Your benefits look like:


  • Up to $15,000 total SkyWest tuition reimbursement awarded at three (3) specific milestones; (i) private pilot, (ii) instrument rating and (iii) commercial pilot.
  • Early engagement with SkyWest Airlines and exposure to their company culture.
  • Tour of SkyWest facilities* – flight and lodgings included.
  • Priority access to SkyWest mentors and representatives at events, including orientation and job fairs.
  • CFI interview with Spartan College.
  • Final interview with SkyWest Airlines.
  • Increased seniority within SkyWest's ground school class.
  • Opportunity to network with SkyWest professionals who help prepare students and instructors for airline careers.
  • Two-year commitment to SkyWest starting with your Initial Operating Experience (IOE) date.

*Once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted

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The SkyWest Pilot Career Pathway Benefits²:

Early engagement, access to LogTen Pro electronic logbook,
mentors and networking, and top seniority at SkyWest ground school.
CFI interview with Spartan College upon satisfactory program completion.
Guaranteed interview with SkyWest Airlines, as you approach 1,000 flight hours.
Two-year commitment to SkyWest starting at your initial Operating Experience (IOE) date.

The SkyWest Cadet Journey

Curious about how to get there?  We’ve done the legwork for you, so you can take to the sky.
Step 1
Enroll at Spartan College

Speak to an admissions representative, who can provide additional information on Spartan’s acceptance criteria and enrollment process.

Step 2
Apply to the SkyWest Pilot Career Pathway

Connect with a SkyWest representative about the details and benefits of becoming a SkyWest Cadet while training at Spartan College.

Step 3
Earn Your 6 FAA Certifications and Ratings¹

In as few as 17 months, complete our FAA Part 141 approved associate degree (AAS) in Aviation Flight. Fly toward your six certifications and ratings in our new fleet of Piper Archers.

Step 4
Graduate and Train as a CFI

After graduation, apply and interview to become a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) at our flight school to complete 1,250 flight hours. Our program qualifies for a restricted privilege ATP certificate.⁴

Step 5
Priority Interview with SkyWest

Graduates approaching 1,000 flight hours are given a priority interview with SkyWest Airlines. The Pilot Career Pathway also gives you access to interview preparation, mentoring, and networking through SkyWest.

Step 1
Apply and Interview for the SkyWest Pilot Pathway Program at Spartan College

Meet the admissions criteria for the pathway program along with Spartan’s academic requirements.

Step 2
Enroll in SkyWest's Pilot Pathway Program at Spartan College and Receive a Guaranteed Final Interview With SkyWest

Speak to one of our Admissions Representatives, who can provide additional information and help you through the application process.

Step 3
Academic Delivery in Flight School at Spartan College

In as few as 17 months, you can complete our FAA Part 141 approved program and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) at an ACCSC accredited college earning your Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot Single Engine, Commercial Pilot Multi-Engine, Certified Flight Instructor, and Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) certifications.*

Step 4
Graduate and Apply to become a CFI at Spartan College

After graduation, recieve a guaranteed interview to become a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) at our flight school and help train more SkyWest cadets to become pilots.

Step 5
Fly Toward Your Reduced ATP Hours**

When you graduate with your AAS in Aviation Flight you become qualified to reduce your Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) hours to 1,250, which you can accumulate as a CFI.

Step 6
Final Interview with SkyWest Airlines

As you approach your 1,250 hours, be among the first to interview with SkyWest Airlines. Being a part of the SkyWest Pilot Pathway Program at Spartan College gives you access to interview prep, mentoring, and networking.

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Now Become an Active Spartan Alumni

Congratulations! You’ve graduated from Spartan College and started at SkyWest Airlines² – now’s the time to submit your Spartan Story to inspire future students. Stay connected with us via social media and come back to guest speak at our Open Houses. You’re also invited to mentor a Spartan student and refer any of your friends to our programs.


SkyWest Airlines Helps Spartans Soar

As the largest regional airline in the U.S., SkyWest Airlines boasts over 2,000 daily flights to over 240 destinations serving 36 million passengers annually with their fleet of nearly 500+ aircraft.

Cadets are supported along the pathway to SkyWest Airlines with their cultural pillars of Teamwork, Safety, Stability, and Professionalism. Oh, and did we mention that Forbes named them on their America’s Best Large Employers List for 2021 and 2022? Which makes their Glassdoor Employee’s Choice Award and top 50 Best Places to Work in 2021 award unsurprising.

Spartan College's FAA Part 141 program qualifies for reduced ATP to 1,250 hours.
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Years Training Pilots
SQ FT of Hangar and Classroom Space
Aircraft Fleet Available for Training
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The Spartan College Difference

New Piper Archer Fleet
Garmin G1000 Avionics Suite
1,250 ATP Flight Time
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With 30+ brand new training planes, you can start your in-flight training in your first few weeks. Earn your associate degree in as few as 17 months.
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Garmin G1000 Avionics Suite
Sophisticated systems that keep up with aviation innovation and incorporate an advanced GPS system for in-depth flight training.
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Our CFI-to-student ratio is available to complete at least four lessons per week. Plus, Spartan College’s FAA Part 141 program requires fewer flying hours than the 1,500-hour base requirement.⁴


¹ Certification Disclosure

² The SkyWest Pilot Career Pathway (“Pathway”) is intended to provide SkyWest with a pipeline of prospective pilots. The Pathway is available to interested Spartan College students who are enrolled in the Aviation Flight Degree Program (“Program”). Pathway terms and availability may be subject to change. Spartan students in the Pathway may be eligible for Education Assistance from SkyWest subject to meeting specific benchmarks within the Program and after graduation. Any Education Assistance is paid by SkyWest directly to the student and requires a contract between SkyWest and the student. Spartan College is not a party to any contract between SkyWest and the student. Graduates of the Program are not eligible for employment as a pilot with SkyWest until logging 1,250 flight hours post-graduation. Employment with SkyWest is not guaranteed. Students in the Pathway may also be eligible for a Spartan College scholarship. See the College Catalog for additional details.

³ COVID-19 restrictions may apply.

ATP Certification Disclosure

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