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  • Joe Breitfeller

Hawaiian Airlines Partners With Embry-Riddle’s SkillBridge Program for Military Veterans

Hawaiian Airlines has become the newest partner for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) SkillBridge Program, which has successfully transitioned over 380 military personnel into civilian careers since 2019.


Hawaiian Airlines Joins Embry-Riddle's SkillBridge Program to Train and Employ Transitioning Military Personnel - Courtesy Hawaiian Airlines

On Thursday (January 19, 2023), Hawaiian Airlines announced that they have partnered with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s SkillBridge program to train and employ transitioning military personnel. Since the program’s inception in 2019, over 380 service members have successfully transitioned into civilian careers. Each year, around 200,000 service members leave the military and re-enter civilian life. Embry-Riddle’s Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) SkillBridge Program is authorized by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and has been designed to train and place transitioning service members, honorably discharged veterans and eligible military spouses. The program offers aviation maintenance related careers with reputable industry partners, such as AAR, Pratt & Whitney, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, HAECO Americas and Standard Aero.


In Thursday’s announcement, Hawaiian Airlines’ Senior Vice President for Technical Operations, Jim Landers, said,


“Partnering with Embry-Riddle through the SkillBridge program is an exciting opportunity to not only increase our hiring aperture, but to do so with the benefit of skills and experience gained through military service and the capstone of an industry renowned Embry-Riddle education.”


Also commenting on the partnership, Embry-Riddle Worldwide Campus’ Director of Military Relations and Strategic Initiatives, Angela C. Albritton, added,


“Close to 70 transitioning service members around the country who started the program on Jan. 9 will graduate on March 10. We’re excited that these program participants will now have the opportunity to learn more about aviation maintenance opportunities at Hawaiian Airlines.”


The SkillBridge Program is offered at Camp Lejeune (North Carolina), Camp Pendleton (California), Fort Bragg (North Carolina), Fort Campbell (Kentucky), Fort Carson (Colorado), Naval Station Norfolk (Virginia), and through Hurlburt Field-Virtual. Transitioning service members currently on O’ahu can learn more about the program during bi-weekly information briefings at Schofield Barracks.

Hawaiian® Airlines, Hawai’i’s hometown airline, has been the number one U.S. carrier for on-time performance for the past 18 years (2004-2021). The carrier has been in business for 94 years and is Hawaiʻi’s largest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian Airlines offers approximately 130 daily flights within the Hawaiian Islands and daily nonstop service to 15 U.S. mainland gateways. Additionally, the carrier connects Honolulu with American Samoa, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Tahiti and the Cook Islands (from May 20, 2023). Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA).



Source: Hawaiian Airlines

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