K-State Polytechnic to offer tuition help to aspiring pilots

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SALINA — Kansas State University has partnered with an airline to help students who want to be pilots with tuition and job placement.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the university’s Polytechnic Campus in Salina has partnered with Piedmont Airlines and its cadet program.

Piedmont’s cadet program will provide the benefits to select students enrolled at the school’s professional pilot program and who have their Certified Flight Instructor rating.

Accepted students will be eligible to receive tuition reimbursement once they have completed 500 hours of flight time.

Ben Jaffee is the senior assistant chief flight instructor at the university. He says students are eligible for graduation as well as their Airline Transport Pilot rating after completing 1,000 hours of flight time.

Piedmont officials plan to meet with prospective students on April 17.

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