Looking for a career in aviation? Look no further than the University of North Texas.
Program director Steve Swartz, Ph.D., wrote the curriculum for the state-of-the-art program, and he considers it a game changer not only for prospective students but also for employers.
“The focus of our program is the preparation of the aviation-industry leaders of the future,” he says. “We are tasked with the role of developing knowledge about aviation as a business by preparing students for the business of aviation.”
And with any luck, it could become one of the nation’s most successful and promising producers of aviation professionals.
This is a task that UNT is uniquely qualified for, given its location near Dallas and Fort Worth, one of the aviation industry’s largest hubs. The program, based in the College of Business at UNT, will be the first of its kind in Texas, and one of only a handful in the United States.
The whole process began just a couple of years ago, as a simple inquiry from the aviation industry and community leaders seeking to identify a shortfall between employment needs and the availability of skilled, experienced job candidates — a shortfall that was expected to worsen as the decade wore on. A charge was then issued for state institutions of higher education to respond with aviation-based programs, but none were interested.
That is, until UNT caught wind of the request.