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Delta Airlines Forms Partnership with Hampton University

Delta has formed a partnership with Hampton University as part of its Propel Collegiate Pilot Career Path program. It’s the airline’s first partnership with a historically black university (HBCU).

Delta strives for increased diversity in its workforce and hopes the partnership will help build upon the legacy people of color have contributed to aviation. The airline launched its Propel program in 2018 as it seeks to discover and develop the next generation of pilots. Students at Hampton are eligible to join the program and could receive a job offer if they meet the criteria for becoming a Delta pilot.

“Adding Hampton University as a Delta Air Lines Propel partner evokes a myriad of thoughts and emotions,” said First Officer Monique Grayson, an interviewer for the Propel program. “Delta says connecting the world requires that we first respect the world through seeking diversity, promoting inclusion, creating equity and driving accountability towards these goals. Considering the history of HBCU’s and that of Delta, I am proud to see the company doing just that. I am grateful to the individuals who have worked behind the scenes to provide opportunities to a group that has been underrepresented in this field for far too long.”

The partnership allows for Delta to broaden its recruitment goals, which includes a strategy to strengthen its relationships with HBCUs. Partnering with Hampton further develops the commitment to obtaining quality talent and maintaining the high standards of a Delta pilot.

The Department of Aviation in the School of Engineering & Technology was established at Hampton in 1985 and is one of only 40 aviation programs accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI). It provides students with a high quality aviation education to prepare them for a variety of careers. The bachelor’s degree program is known nationwide for its outstanding graduates.