American Airlines has partnered with Oklahoma-based Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology to expand its Cadet Academy. Through the partnership, academy cadets will have the option to earn a degree from Spartan College while simultaneously working on their FAA certificates and ratings. The agreement is the first collegiate partnership for the academy, which was launched in 2018.

In addition to the degree opportunity, the partnership will expand the academy’s training network to five locations. Graduates from the programme are offered interviews with American regional carriers Envoy, Piedmont and PSA after reaching minimum flight hour requirements.