Spartan College Celebrates History

Officials at Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, with a campus in Tulsa, honor their 93-year history with 93 days of celebration titled “Our Past, Your Future.” Over 93 days Spartan is celebrating with events, announcements, rollouts, and take-offs to attract a new generation of students to train for pilot and technician careers.

“Now, more than ever, the aviation industry is relying on schools to train pilots and maintenance technicians needed to meet the demand in today’s market, and for decades to come,” said Spartan College CEO Rob Polston. “For 93 years, Spartan College has trained each generation of workers with safety, technology, and practical skills. Our students are training to be future aviation professionals and our goal is to provide each student an opportunity for a long and sustainable aviation career.”

According to the recent release of Boeing Co.’s updated 2021 Pilot and Technician Outlook, the aerospace company projects 130,000 new pilots and 132,000 new maintenance technicians are needed to fly and maintain the North American commercial aviation fleet during the next 20 years. The disparity grows even more broad when business aviation, such as cargo carriers, and helicopter pilot demand is included.

“The aviation workforce gap was already apparent pre-pandemic when the industry experienced a personnel shortage due to changes in the mandatory retirement age of 65 years old,” Polston said. “In response, Spartan College is focused on introducing aviation career training to members of a new generation that will continue to keep future air travel safe and a vital part of our transportation network.”

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