Wings Over the Rockies (Wings) is honored to announce an investment and partnership with Atlas Air Worldwide (Atlas Air) to support Wings’ education program Wings Aerospace Pathways (WAP) that allows students in grades 6-12 to immerse themselves in the aerospace industry. As a global leader in outsourced aviation providing air cargo, charter, leasing, and passenger operations, Atlas Air has been involved with Wings for several years. Atlas Air recently stepped up significantly with a $30,000 donation to magnify WAP’s offering of hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for young people.
The International Civil Aviation Organization(ICAO) estimates that global passenger and cargo air traffic is slated to double over the next two decades, illustrating the pressing need for talent. Pilots, engineers, planners, mechanics, technicians, and operation managers are all needed to make the global aviation system work. As the nation’s 2nd largest aerospace economy, Colorado is well positioned to prepare youth for these career opportunities.
“As a leader in global airfreight, our partnership with Wings is a wonderful way to inspire the next generation of aviation colleagues as we highlight the wide variety of great careers Atlas Air offers,” said Patricia Goodwin-Peters, Senior Vice President Human Resources at Atlas Air Worldwide and leader of its initiative to help address the growing workforce readiness needs in aviation.
“We’ve been gathering momentum around WAP during what’s now become a critical need from the industry,” said Wings President and CEO, Maj Gen John Barry, USAF (Ret). “Atlas Air shares our mission to educate and inspire the next generation of aviation professionals and is leading a growing list of aviation industry companies addressing workforce readiness globally. We thank them for making a significant investment in doing so right here in Colorado.”
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