Educational Partnership Initiative
The mission of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Educational Partnership Initiative (EPI) is to develop collaborative relationships between FAA and educational institutions.
The EPI focuses on relationships between Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) institutions, and other schools representing underserved groups and diverse populations.
In October 2010, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established the EPI. The goals of the FAA EPI are to:
- Advise FAA in the establishment of educational collaborations and partnerships related to FAA mission-critical occupations. In particular, those related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields with a concentration in aviation and aerospace studies and air traffic control.
- Collaborate with and support the Aviation and Space Education (AVSED) Program focusing on STEM fields in middle schools and high schools, particularly those with a high concentration of underserved groups.
- Develop collaborative relationships with Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), (Collegiate Training Initiative) CTI institutions, as well as colleges, universities, public school systems, and other organizations with a high concentration of all minority groups, women, and people with disabilities.
- Work with colleges and universities to identify external funding focused on career awareness, mentoring, shadowing programs, STEM, aviation education, and other programs targeting underserved students from high schools and higher education institutions.