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Posted on: September 8, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Economic Development: Officials Announce Creation of CJET Academy

Officials from the City of Dothan, Commercial Jet Services, LLC, Alabama Industrial Development Training and the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce announced today they are launching a new aircraft pre-employment training program called CJET Academy.

CJET Academy will provide citizens with the opportunity to gain new skills in aircraft structure assembly training and a career with Commercial Jet. The online application process starts today, Sept. 8, on AIDT’s website The deadline to submit an online application is Sept. 22, 2014.

If individuals are selected, they will receive a letter in the mail via USPS mail that will outline necessary steps to complete for consideration into the training program. Participants who complete the academy classes will be guaranteed a job with Commercial Jet with a starting pay of $14.

"With Aircraft MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) business expanding, this is a great time to join the commercial aviation industry,” said David M. Sandri, president of Commercial Jet Services, LLC.

Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz added, "An important role of economic development is the connection of individuals with a business who wants to hire local people who need jobs. I'm very proud of the work that has been done to connect these two groups and provide the necessary training so that both will succeed."

The training program is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 22, and graduate Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Selected trainees will attend class during the day, five-days a week, eight-hours a day, 40-hours per week for eight weeks.

There’s no cost to the trainees for the training program and all training materials will be provided, including training manuals and tools.

“AIDT has been supporting Commercial Jet through recruiting, screening and training since they arrived in Dothan in 2012. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to support Alabama companies and we are very excited about the CJET Academy. This program provides us another avenue to train and educate Alabama citizens for the jobs created by Commercial Jet,” said AIDT Training Manager Kevin Taylor.

“Many entities and individuals assisted with the development of this project, including the Alabama local legislative delegation, as we would not have been able to put this academy in place without their assistance,” stated Matt Parker, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce president.

Individuals interested in an exciting and dynamic career with Commercial Jet Services, should be sure to apply online at

"We are proud to team up with AIDT in establishing the CJET Academy, and look forward to enabling the trainees to join our company," Sandri concluded.

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