Agency recruiting University of North Dakota pilots early

Published: Dec. 22, 2017 at 2:47 PM CST
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A federal agency is turning to the University of North Dakota to help alleviate a pilot shortage.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is offering part-time jobs to underclassmen at the Grand Forks school with hopes they will help protect the country when they graduate.

Students will work as aviation enforcement trainees and earn as much as $14 an hour while going to school. There are $100,000-a-year jobs waiting for them when they graduate.

The so-called Pathways Program is open to sophomores and juniors at North Dakota, which was selected for the fledgling project partly because it's close to the security branch that guards the northern border.

UND Aerospace Assistant Dean Ken Polovitz says the program illustrates opportunities in aviation. He says regional airlines are also recruiting students as sophomores.

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