Mentorship Program

Henderson's Department of Aviation is proud to announce its latest class, Aviation Mentorship. The purpose of this class is to pair upper classmen to aviation professionals willing to spend some time in the mentorship process. This class is not required for graduation, but is recommended for juniors and seniors to help better understand and shape their career path. Below is the catalog description, followed by guidelines for both the student and mentor:

AVN4531. Aviation Mentorship. This course provides an arranged pairing of students with professionals in the aviation industry that have agreed to serve as mentors. The mentor will provide insight to the practical application of the knowledge and skills the student has developed through their previous courses; provide students perspectives on what the aviation industry expects of them as new graduates; offer suggestions on improving personal and professional skills; provide insight on successful ways to enter and function in the aviation industry. Prerequisites: Completion of an application and consent of the faculty director of the Aviation Mentorship Program. This course may be repeated once to provide additional viewpoints from differing industry perspectives and requirements, i.e. comparing the airline environment to the corporate environment. Prerequisites: Completion of an application and consent from the faculty director of the Aviation Mentorship Program.

Anticipated assessment and grading will be through a professional development reflection prepared by the student. This will consist of a journal comprised of discussions, interviews, observations, etc.; how this reflection correlates with the student’s previous courses; and how this reflection will impact the student’s career goals. A review from the mentor may also be used as a part of the assessment process.

The main goal for the participating mentors is to make the mentoring process enjoyable and convenient utilizing whatever is at the mentor’s disposal such as Skype, company tours, working lunches, etc. There will be no strict, prescribed method for student-mentor interaction to allow the most flexibility possible; however, interaction will need to be conducted weekly, on average, through the semester to qualify for academic credit. This interaction can be direct personal contact or contact via Skype or other electronic media, as well as indirect contact via e-mail correspondence and even mentor assigned reading/research assignments – whatever works best for the team.

Persons interested in becoming an aviation mentor should contact Troy Hogue via e-mail at hoguet@hsu.edu and briefly describe their aviation background along with what areas they would like to mentor (i.e. airline, corporate or military pilot, facility management, etc.).

Class size will be limited to the number of mentors available to the program. Students will be paired to mentors in the order of class registration, or in other words, first come first served.