United Airlines on Tuesday launched a first-in-the-nation partnership with Metropolitan State University of Denver in which a college will develop a specialized career path for students at a university to become pilots with one of the nation’s legacy carriers.

The career path program will allow a handful of students each year in MSU’s aviation and aerospace science department to enter a program that will guide them from their undergraduate education through flight-instructor work to regional carriers and then to United, the largest carrier at Denver International Airport.

It will not shorten the time that flight students need to spend at each step of the typical career path.

But by promising future employment with the third-largest airline in the world, United officials believe it will encourage more students to choose aviation as a career and will, when combined with other such programs in the future, help to offset a coming shortage of pilots in the United States.

Read more at the Denver Business Journal: http://bit.ly/2E8kbIX