SIU, United Airlines Host Aviation Career Day


By Evie Allen

CARBONDALE -- Saturday was a big day for SIU's school of Aviation, as professors and school officials tried to woo Chicago high school students into applying.

This is the 20th year for the school's Aviation Career Day. It's a two-fold event, helping recruit students for SIU and giving alumni that now work for United Airlines an opportunity to give back.

United Airline pilots flew in 115 students from Chicago Saturday morning for free. While at SIU, student tour guides took them around the facility. The high school students learned about what the aviation program offers including flight, aviation technology and aviation management.

They were also able to go on courtesy flights and participate in flight simulations. Almost 30 alumni were there to help answer questions and share their experiences. 

"We have people who came down on United Day in the past and they're now connected back with the company, and they're an employee, and that's what we really want to see," says Aviation professor David NewMyer.

After lunch, the students got a chance to visit SIU's campus before being flown back to Chicago. 

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