Informing, inspiring, and engaging aviation's next generation.

Founded as the Reno Air Racing Foundation, Pathways to Aviation is a 501c3 non-profit providing the engine to leverage legacy programs, instruction, and partnerships to facilitate educational success, labor force growth, and economic vitality.

Pathways to Aviation provides solutions to the aviation industry's growing workforce needs by informing, inspiring, and engaging its future labor force.

  • Featured page

    Futures in Aerospace

    It's a great time to pursue a career in aviation!

    Our quest is to inform, inspire, and engage every student to the world of aerospace.

    The Journey Starts Today!

    There’s a large pool of skilled talent in our local communities. We met well over 7,000 of these students at workshops, career expos, mock interview days, and other events throughout the 2017-18 school year. Many of these students could easily thrive in the aviation industry.


    Aerospace Industry Issues

    Concerns facing the greater aviation industry include:

    • There’s a growing workforce shortage, not just with pilots, but within avionic, mechanical, technological, and service-oriented positions.
    • The industry needs a skilled labor force, especially well-trained and certified personnel.
    • The topic of aviation is missing from both general and elective education instruction.
    • Many students are not aware of or do not take advantage of career resources on their high school and college campuses.
    • Finding the right avenues to pursue paths to higher education or the workforce, particularly in the aviation industry, are difficult to find and travel.
    • Students tend to be intimidated by seeking out and talking to aviation leaders.
    • Aviation executives don't know the best ways to find talented young people to meet their internship and full-time employment needs.


    Our Solution

    We created a program which identifies interested students and builds pathways to guide them toward continued education and/or direct workforce employment opportunities. Welcome to the Futures In Aerospace initiative! This careers and mentoring program provides career readiness tools, best practices, and mentors, thus elevating their chances of pursuing their educational and career goals.


    Preparing our 3rd Season

    2018-2019 Goal

    In 2017, 20 students registered into the program, eight attended workshops on a regular basis, and 10 attended the large networking reception. In 2018, 86 students have registered, workshops have seen an average of 16 students (in two locations), and 20 industry speakers. 

    The goal for 2019 is to manage a fully-funded program, which engages 200 high school and college students with 70 industry leaders (as mentors and speakers) at up to five workshop locations and three large networking reception locations.

    The Futures in Aerospace program continues to expand in response to industry demand, student interest, successful career experiences, workshop participation, and requests from partners. The structured program captures metrics both during and at the completion of each series and is adaptable to single session, as well as two session, and our optimal four session workshop series. 

    Two different, but connected programs, represent the Futures in Aerospace. We're doing our best to make them completely free of charge for everyone. Generous individual contributions and corporate sponsorships will make this happen.

    Flight Plans

    We've scheduled small aviation industry speaking events in three locations, which will double as career-planning workshops for high school and college students. They’ll each feature presentations by aviation executives, who will share their experiences, descriptions of their company specialties, overviews of hiring practices, and career-focused advice. In addition to the presentations, students will receive career planning best practices, such as skills identification, resume writing, interviewing tips, and networking instruction. The goal is for students to be well-prepared to meet aviation executives and recruiters at the large networking reception, with resumes in hand, creating strong first impressions, conducting meaningful dialogues, and taking strategic next steps. If all goes well for the students, they’ll leave with job shadowing, internship, and part and full-time employment commitments.

    The 2019 program has received initial praise from two school districts, the State of Nevada Department of Education, and many aviation executives. The 2019 Futures in Aerospace program will be arranged as a series of workshops in multiple location. They'll be very similar to our Spring program, with a few additions. We'll feature new industry leaders, two new locations, and new topics (interviewing, salary negotiation, financial literacy). Workshops will take place at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Truckee Tahoe Airport, Carson Airport, and Stead Airport. Click the links to learn more!

    Aviation Career Week

    In response to the success of our Flight Plans and the overall Futures in Aerospace program, a special Aviation Career Week will culminate the Spring 2019 Flight Plan workshop series. The week of May 13-17 will be highlighted by news and information, job postings, scholarship awards, and two networking receptions.

    With an anticipated 200 students participating in the program, we seek 200 aviation, business, and community leaders to participate at the various Aviation Career Week receptions. We will showcase the students at these receptions, giving each professional an opportunity to spend time with each student in an exciting networking format.


    The 2019 flight is boarding!

    If you think our 2017/2018 program was impressive, you need to check out the upcoming year. The pistons are firing toward an extraordinary journey! 

    Register today

    The flight plan sessions will take place in various area locations throughout the 2018/2019 year. We expect to host the program in Reno, Carson, Truckee and, potentially, one or two additional locations. Registration is open for:

    Students - Click here

    Professionals - Click here

    Corporations - Click here



    Special thanks to the following Futures in Aerospace 2018 sponsors, including:





    Continue reading

  • Upcoming events

    Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 05:30 PM

    Speakers Forum - October 2018

    Topic: Aerospace Sectors

    This session will feature industry experts, who will share their passions, experiences, and insights pertaining to each topic. In addition, industry leaders will share key issues and opportunities, recent activities, upcoming events, and important news.

    The session will be attended by corporate leaders, aerospace officials, and local students. There will be plenty of time for networking, B2B interactions, and questions.

    The event is free of charge. Space will be limited. Please RSVP at your earliest convenience by clicking on the event(s) of your preference. 

    Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 05:00 PM
    Truckee Tahoe Airport in Truckee, CA

    Truckee Tahoe Career Open House

    We're hosting a special aerospace career open house at the Truckee Tahoe Airport on Thursday, October 18 at 5:00pm.

    The Open House is free of charge and open to all students and their families. It's a great opportunity to meet leaders in the aviation world...from those who may be hiring to those which are recruiting future students to plenty of great information. 

    RSVP to attend the Open House. We'll send you the latest details and reminders about the unique event.

  • Latest from the blog

    NBAA Supports Efforts to Address Workforce Challenges

    The National Business Aviation Association discussed the latest workforce challenges at its September 13 symposium and agreed to begin addressing solutions. 
    read more

    Nominated for an EDAWN Industry Award!

    Pathways to Aviation has been nominated for a prestigious award, presented by the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada.
    read more
    See all posts