Ready for Takeoff: Southwest Airlines Celebrates Paul Quinn College’s New School Year


Southwest Airlines, the official airline of Paul Quinn College, celebrated the start of the school year with Paul Quinn College at its 151st annual Convocation ceremony on Friday, August 25. Southwest Airlines highlighted opportunities available this year for students as part of its partnership with the school, and surprised students, faculty and staff with roundtrip tickets and gift cards. 

Southwest Airlines announced its official partnership with Paul Quinn to support its Corporate Work Program in the Fall of 2022. Paul Quinn is the creator of the Urban Work College model and only minority-serving, federally-recognized work college in America. The program, which started in 2015, provides students with the opportunity to gain real world work experience while limiting their reliance on student loans.

Southwest Airlines has long believed educated communities are empowered communities, and continues to invest in workforce development programs that introduce students to the diverse set of career opportunities in the aviation industry.

The partnership between Southwest Airlines and the Paul Quinn Corporate Work Program includes dedicated, paid internships specifically for students at the college along with ongoing educational opportunities. Students selected for a Southwest internship have the opportunity to work in vital areas of the business such as the airline's world-class Network Operations Control Center that functions as the nerve center of the airline's daily operations as well as the Finance Department that oversees budgeting and forecasting for the company.

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