Interested in a career in the aviation industry? Pathways to Aviation offers a program to high school and college students, who are either interested in or planning a career in the industry. The information, people, and guidance provided through the program will help make students "career-ready" and recommended.
The Aviation Careers Initiative provides career development resources to high school and college students interested in pursuing careers in the aviation industry. The program provides guidance and connections to those expressing interest in aviation careers.
Sign up for one of our new career and mentoring programs:
Reno Flight Plan - Next session will be on April 17, 2018 - CLICK HERE for details
Truckee Tahoe Flight Plan - Aviation Networking Night will be on April 19, 2018 - CLICK HERE for details
Students participate in an interactive and focused program to guide through the career development spectrum, highlighted by:
- Interviewing students to understand career interests, skills and characteristics
- Reviewing and developing resumes;
- Matching with aviation experts, who are enlisting to provide mentoring guidance;
- Conducting career planning workshops;
- Hosting speaking engagements presented by aviation experts;
- Introducing to employment recruiters seeking career-ready talent;
- Conducting mock and practice interviews; and,
- Providing professional references for scholarships, college admissions, and job applications.
Every step of the process is managed by Pathways to Aviation staff.
This program is great for students interested in learning about careers and what's needed to land great jobs. It's even better for students interested in applied manufacturing jobs, as many of the skills translate across industries. And, it's ideal for students driven to pursue aviation industry careers!
Thanks to the support of the E.L. Cord Foundation, ISTAT Foundation, Truckee Tahoe Airport District, and generous supporters, there's no cost to participate.
Students and industry leaders may participate at both locations!!!
Pathways supports, endorses, or coordinates aviation events each year, including:
- Pathways to Aviation Learning Center at the National Championship Air Races
- Pathways to Aviation Annual Speakers' Forum
Pathways is proud to work with local non-profit organizations on behalf of northern Nevada’s youth. By collaborating with groups that share our aviation-related educational focus, we are able to pool our resources, and focus on our common goals of motivating local students to pursue careers in aviation and air racing. Pathways has allocated funds specifically for distribution through a grant application process to support aviation related programs in our community.
The Brigadier General Fred L. Michel Aviation Scholarship
The support of budding aviation enthusiasts is important to people who have themselves developed and expressed a love of aviation through participation and appreciation. One way we can support young people who share our passion for flight is through the support of aviation scholarship opportunities.
The “Brigadier General Fred L. Michel Aviation Scholarship” was established in the Fall of 2007 by the Stead Airport Users’ Association and the Reno Air Race Foundation’s Pathways to Aviation Program, to honor Brigadier General Fred L. Michel and to assist Nevada youth in the pursuit of aviation careers.
During his 27 years of military service, Fred L. Michel was a Captain in the United States Air Force, flying the T-34 and the T-38, before moving himself and his family to Reno, where he flew the RF-101 and RF-4C in the Nevada Air National Guard until his retirement as Brigadier General. He was, as well, a retired Captain from United and Pan American Airlines, completing a career which saw him through the early, unfettered “good old days” of airline travel. His passion for aviation extended well beyond his careers in the military and the airline industry. A 38 year resident of Reno, he served 28 of those years as a Director of the Reno Air Races. Fred served as the second President of the Stead Airport Users’ Association for many years.
The Brigadier General Fred L. Michel Aviation Scholarship Committee makes annual scholarships available to deserving students.
Scholarships are awarded at the $1,000 to $1,500 range.
The scholarship fund has achieved much interest from its inception. Funds will be used to assist accomplished young students, male and female, annually to fulfill their dreams of higher academic and athletic achievement with a focus on aviation.
The money to initiate the Scholarship Program was contributed by the founding entities, together with private support from many others, combined with institutional and private contributions. A large donation was made by the family of Fred L. Michel in honor of their departed husband and father.
Interested in donating to the Fund? CLICK HERE
Interested in applying for the scholarship? CLICK HERE
The Foundation is committed to creating and promoting pathways to careers. We're actively connecting young men and women to the scores of opportunities within the world of aviation. College scholarships to a new mentoring program to posting jobs, this webpage will serve at the hub of all career-related programming.
Check the following to inspire your career:
Pathways to Aviation is proud to work with local non-profit organizations and membership associations to advance aviation, particularly for the benefit of northern Nevada’s youth.
By working with groups that share our aviation-related educational focus, we are able to pool our resources, and focus on our common goals of motivating local students to pursue careers in aviation. Pathways has allocated funds specifically for distribution through a grant application process to support aviation related programs in local communities, throughout the state.
Please click here to access our Grant Application.
We collaborate with organizations which share our quest to advance aviation, foster career and workforce opportunities, and ignite aviation economic development.
Click here to learn more about our Affiliates and Partners.