Sunday, April 11, 2004

TSU hosts birth of minority-focused aviation consortium

"Five historically black colleges from around the nation are joining with Western Michigan University's College of Aviation to form an Aviation Education Consortium that will work to diversify the aviation industry work force and expand opportunities for minority students and women."

"Delaware State University, Florida Memorial College, Hampton University, Tennessee State University, Texas Southern University and WMU are the charter collegiate members of the organization that was announced March 31 in Nashville on the campus of Tennessee State. Other consortium members are the Organization of Black Airline Pilots Inc. of Silver Springs, Md., and Tuskegee Airmen Inc. of Arlington, Va., which will both serve the consortium in an advisory capacity."

"In 2001, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, only 4.9 percent of commercial aviation pilots were women and only 1.7 percent of aircraft mechanic jobs were held by females. The most recent data available on the ethnic diversity of the industry's work force was compiled in 1990. At that time, less than 2 percent of commercial pilots were African American and less than 3 percent were of Hispanic origin."

WMU News

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