George Mason Approved as FAA Collegiate Partner

Posted: August 5, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

George Mason will sign a partnership agreement today with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to become a participant in the agency’s Airways Facilities-Collegiate Training Initiative.

Under the initiative, FAA will recruit George Mason’s students in certain technical areas for internship programs and employment. In addition, the FAA will send its own employees to George Mason for training. The agency, which approached George Mason about the arrangement, spent an entire day on site evaluating the university’s technical programs and student support services before approving the partnership, says Linda Schwartzstein, vice provost for academic affairs.

“The FAA expects many of its people to retire in the next few years, and this is one way to expand its source of new employees,” Schwartzstein says. “The benefits of this agreement for George Mason are the possibilities for student internships and employment opportunities with the FAA.”

The FAA-approved programs are in the areas of engineering, computer science, statistics, information policy and administration, and geography. Graduates of the approved programs are eligible for specified entry-level positions with the agency.

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