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MTSU, Delta Air Lines executives strengthen partne...

MTSU, Delta Air Lines executives strengthen partnership ties

MTSU Provost Mark Byrnes, second from left, welcomes Army veteran Tyrone Barmore, center, a Delta supply attendant and secretary of its veteran group, as an MTSU student. Barmore will enroll at the university in January through MTSU’s Adult Degree Completion Program. Joining Byrnes was retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Huber, MTSU’s senior advisor for veterans and leadership initiatives, second from right; Peggy Carpenter, associate dean of University College, far left; and Hilary Miller, director of MTSU’s Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center, far right. (MTSU photo by Andrew Oppmann)

ATLANTA — MTSU Provost Mark Byrnes led a team from the university to Delta Air Lines’ world headquarters in Atlanta recently with the goal to layer veteran outreach and adult degree completion opportunities upon the already substantial partnership between the two organizations.

Byrnes was joined by retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Huber, MTSU’s senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives; Hilary Miller, director of MTSU’s Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center; and Peggy Carpenter, associate dean of MTSU’s University College.

Provost Mark Byrnes, second from left, tours Delta’s Technical Operations Center at the airlines’ world headquarters in Atlanta. Joining Byrnes was Hilary Miller, director of MTSU’s Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center, far left; and Peggy Carpenter, associate dean of University College, far right. (MTSU photo by Andrew Oppmann)

MTSU leaders tour Delta Air Lines’ Technical Operations Center at the company’s world headquarters in Atlanta. From left are Dr. Hilary Miller, director of MTSU’s Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center; University Provost Mark Byrnes; a Delta TechOps employee; and Dr. Peggy Carpenter, associate dean of University College, far right. (MTSU photo by Andrew Oppmann)

The three, along with others from MTSU in support roles, met with the leadership of Delta’s Propel program, which provides select students in the university’s Department of Aerospace with “qualified job offers” that detail a defined path and an accelerated timeline to become a pilot for the airline.

MTSU was one of eight universities nationwide selected by Delta in 2018 to participate in Propel.Daniels Veterans Center logo

Byrnes and Huber pledged to work with Delta to make Propel more visible among MTSU’s student-veteran population, which numbers more than 1,100 and with whom aerospace is the most popular major.

The MTSU team also toured Delta’s flight operations and technical operations centers and huddled with the airline’s Veterans Business Resource Group, an employee-led effort to support a corporate commitment to recruit and hire those who have served in the armed forces.

Air Force veteran Kurt Robinson, Delta’s manager for quality control and receiving inspection and president of the veterans group, pledged to visit Huber at MTSU early next year to step up recruitment of student-veterans.

Robinson presented Huber with a replica of Delta’s pilot wings, embossed with the five service seals of the armed forces, to honor the retired general’s commitment to veterans.

Kurt Robinson, Delta’s manager for quality control and receiving inspection and president of the airline’s veterans group, presented retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Huber, MTSU’s senior advisor for veterans and leadership initiatives, with a replica of Delta’s pilot wings, embossed with the five service seals of the armed forces, to honor Huber’s commitment to veterans. (MTSU photo by Andrew Oppmann)

Kurt Robinson, Delta’s manager for quality control and receiving inspection and president of the airline’s veterans group, presents retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Huber, MTSU’s senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives, with a replica of Delta’s pilot wings, embossed with the five service seals of the armed forces, to honor Huber’s commitment to veterans. (MTSU photo by Andrew Oppmann)

Meanwhile, Byrnes and Carpenter opened talks with Delta’s Scholarship Committee to offer MTSU’s services through its Adult Degree Completion Program to airline employees hoping to finish up a college degree online.

The MTSU executives welcomed Army veteran Tyrone Barmore, a Delta supply attendant and secretary of its veteran group, who will enroll at the university in January through the program.

— Andrew Oppmann (Andrew.Oppmann@mtsu.edu)

MTSU Provost Mark Byrnes, second from left, welcomes Army veteran Tyrone Barmore, center, a Delta supply attendant and secretary of its veteran group, as an MTSU student. Barmore will enroll at the university in January through MTSU’s Adult Degree Completion Program. Joining Byrnes was retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Huber, MTSU’s senior advisor for veterans and leadership initiatives, second from right; Peggy Carpenter, associate dean of University College, far left; and Hilary Miller, director of MTSU’s Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center, far right. (MTSU photo by Andrew Oppmann)

MTSU Provost Mark Byrnes, second from left, welcomes Army veteran Tyrone Barmore, center, a Delta supply attendant and secretary of its veteran group, as an MTSU student. Barmore will enroll at the university in January through MTSU’s Adult Degree Completion Program. Joining Byrnes and Barmore are, from left, Dr. Peggy Carpenter, associate dean of University College; retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Huber, MTSU’s senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives; and Dr. Hilary Miller, director of MTSU’s Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center. (MTSU photo by Andrew Oppmann)

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Huber, MTSU’s senior advisor for veterans and leadership initiatives, at the stick of a MD-88 aircraft simulator at Delta Airlines’ world headquarters in Atlanta. (MTSU photo by Andrew Oppmann)

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Huber, MTSU’s senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives, inspects an MD-88 aircraft simulator at Delta Air Lines’ world headquarters in Atlanta during a recent visit. (MTSU photo by Andrew Oppmann)


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