Louisville Aerospace Career Education Academy summer applications open

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sometimes, all a child needs to unlock their potential is a person to tell them they can fly.

This summer, kids from Louisville and elsewhere will have the chance to hear that and literally learn how to take to the skies.

The Aerospace Career Education (ACE) Academy program is put on by the Academy @ Shawnee and Organization for Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP), and youth from the ages of 11 to 17 are welcome to apply by April 30.

The Academy @ Shawnee and OBAP, a Westchester, Illinois-based nonprofit that operates other youth aerospace programs around the country, have partnered since 1994 on exposing kids to a career in aviation and inspiring youth to enter the industry.

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“Our two ACE Academy programs provide an introductory and advanced-level exposure to the aerospace industry that has been underrepresented by minorities and women,” said Raymond Robinson, a UPS captain and director of the ACE Academy program in Louisville.

Kids participating in the ACE Academy have the opportunity to explore airplanes, radar rooms and, for the older group, even enter the cockpit and learn how to fly a plane.

Those who may not wish to become pilots are still introduced to other parts of the aerospace industry that need the next generation to fill the good-paying, important positions, such as air traffic controllers, mechanics and engineers, Robinson said.

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