ALPA and Central Washington University (CWU) formalized an alliance in May 2016 to develop an Aviation Collegiate Education (ACE) Club, making it ALPA’s ninth collegiate professional development and mentoring program.
The ACE Club held its fall meeting in October 2016 with more than 30 aviation students in attendance. Led by Capt. Wes Clapper (JetBlue) and F/O Sara Wilson (Alaska), discussions were focused on the club’s structure and accomplishments. Clapper also presented the Aviation Department and the club with an official plaque from ALPA recognizing the club nationally.
This group has accomplished quite a bit over the past year since ALPA has been on campus. It is the largest club on campus with more than 150 active and alumni members. The club was recently tasked by the university’s Aviation Department with developing outreach efforts and recruitment opportunities with ALPA carriers. To date, relationships have been developed with ExpressJet, Mesa, and PSA, and more are in development. In addition to providing guidance and insight into the process, these relationships have contributed to the hiring of over 25 ALPA ACE Club members into cadet programs or directly into classes at ALPA-represented regional airlines.
Want to get involved at CWU?
Send Capt. Wes Clapper (JetBlue), a message below. Capt Clapper is the ALPA CWU Liaison.