Jazz celebrates 10 years; adds University of Waterloo and Conestoga

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Jazz celebrates 10 years; adds University of Waterloo and Conestoga
Posted on June 5, 2017; Jazz Aviation LP Press Release

Jazz Aviation LP (Jazz) is celebrating 10 years of the Jazz Aviation Pathways Program (Jazz APP), developed in 2007 to create a streamlined career path for the pilot profession in Canada.

Jazz marks this continued commitment to Canada’s future professional pilots by announcing new agreements with two Ontario-based educational institutions and their aviation programs – Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (Conestoga) and the University of Waterloo (Waterloo).
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“Conestoga and Waterloo both offer high-calibre programs and are excellent additions to the Jazz APP during this milestone year,” said Steven Linthwaite, vice-president, flight operations at Jazz. “We’re pleased that both institutions share our vision of creating a strong future for the pilot profession in Canada and we look forward to furthering our relationship with Conestoga and Waterloo toward these common goals.”

These agreements are the first of their kind between Jazz and both Conestoga and Waterloo. The industry-leading Jazz APP program includes collaboration on training and curriculum to promote safety and professionalism, while providing up-to-date information on industry best practices.

The Jazz APP is aimed at establishing a direct career path for qualifying graduates including flight simulator evaluations, student scholarships, and the opportunity for top-performing aviation graduates to transition to first officer positions at Jazz.

“We are very pleased to work with Jazz to address Canada’s growing need for highly qualified pilots and aviation professionals,” said Andrew Schmitz, chair, School of Liberal Studies at Conestoga. “This new agreement builds on Conestoga’s established strength and reputation in aviation training by providing students with a direct pathway to career success in the industry.”

“The University of Waterloo is pleased to join the Jazz Aviation Pathways Program and welcomes their recognition of the high quality of our aviation graduates,” said Ian McKenzie, director of aviation at Waterloo. “Waterloo acknowledges the strength that industry collaborations and scholarships provide to learning at Waterloo. We are also celebrating our 10th year, and our seventh graduating class, with our graduates currently flying globally-to every continent, even Antarctica. Members of this year’s graduating class are looking forward to the opportunity to be considered for direct entry into a major airline and the Jazz APP offers a four-to-five-year jump start to their aviation career.”

The Jazz APP awards $60,000 each year to top students in recognition of safety and professionalism. Each of the 10 Jazz APP educational institutions awards two $3,000 scholarships:
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The Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism: Awarded to a full-time student in his or her final year of the aviation program for outstanding contributions to safety, leadership and professionalism. The award consists of a $3,000 scholarship and an opportunity to participate in the Jazz Aviation Pathways Program selection process. The award recipient is selected by the program chair or designate in consultation with Jazz to ensure the criteria as outlined are respected.

The Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism and Diversity: Awarded to a full-time student in his or her final year of the aviation program who has self-identified as Aboriginal, a person with a disability, a visible minority, or female; for outstanding contributions to safety, leadership and professionalism. The award consists of a $3,000 scholarship and an opportunity to participate in the Jazz Aviation Pathways Program selection process. The award recipient is selected by the program chair or designate in consultation with Jazz to ensure the criteria as outlined are respected.

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