LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – With an ongoing relationship between Piedmont Airlines and Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics, a new, limited-rollout tuition payment program has been developed for select students in the 12-month Aircraft Maintenance Technician Program (AMTP).

Piedmont Airlines is offering the tuition program for the first time as a beta test for the company starting this fall and Liberty University is one of a small group of schools chosen to participate.

A limited number of students will receive a conditional offer of employment with Piedmont Airlines and full payment of tuition and fees as they work toward their AMT certificate. Spots are limited and interested students will need to apply by Friday, Aug. 13.

Skilled aircraft technicians are in high demand as the aviation industry recovers from the recent pandemic and as an older workforce is starting to retire.

A recent report from Boeing says that over 739,000 new aviation technicians will be in need across the world by 2039.

The partnership between Liberty University and Piedmont Airlines hopes to meet that need by making quality training possible for students who are seeking a rewarding career in aviation.

“We are delighted to be able to participate in Piedmont Airlines’ groundbreaking program,” said School of Aeronautics Dean Rick Roof. “We have enjoyed a special, longstanding partnership with Piedmont Airlines with many of our graduates currently serving as Piedmont employees. Their new tuition payment program offers Liberty students the resources to fulfill their potential, becoming Champions and difference makers in an industry that is in desperate need. We are grateful for our innovative partnership with Piedmont Airlines and look forward to collaborating to serve our Liberty University students while addressing Piedmont’s needs for exceptional maintenance technicians, pilots, and support personnel of character.”

Rick Roof, Dean of Liberty University’s School of Aeronoautics

An open house will take place at Piedmont Airlines’ Roanoke maintenance facility on Wednesday, Aug. 11 and Thursday, Aug. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m., where guests can learn more about the Aircraft Maintenance Technician Tuition Payment Program and how it can potentially make this career a reality in as few as 12 months.

Piedmont Airlines is a regional air carrier of American Airlines and operates nearly 400 daily departures to over 50 destinations from regional markets throughout the East Coast into American Airlines’ hubs and focus cities.

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