Aviation camp exposing high schoolers to aviation careers takes wing through UNT-TCC partnership
June 10, 2015
By UNT News Service
DENTON (UNT), Texas — From studying aerodynamics and meteorology to calculating fuel plans to actually flying an airplane, local 11th- and 12th-grade students will explore the possibilities in aviation and aerospace careers at the Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy Program, June 15-19 (Monday – Friday) in Fort Worth. The Federal Aviation Administration co-sponsors the hands-on camp and will bring it to North Texas through a new collaboration between the University of North Texas and Tarrant County College.
Popular nationwide as a way to propel a younger generation into aviation careers, the camp is held several times each summer by some organizations; however, the ACE program has never fully taken off in Texas.
TCC and UNT are teaming up to change that – while also taking advantage of nearby opportunities.
“A lot of these camps, even the university-affiliated ones, are not close to any airports, but we have 14 airports in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, making this a prime learning lab for students to experience aviation career opportunities,” said Steve Joiner, aviation logistics lecturer at UNT. “Specifically, at Alliance Airport, students will be able to see and interact with the facility’s flight simulators, air traffic control tower, maintenance facilities and hangars. It’s great for students to really get a feel for the industry, see if they’re interested in pursuing a career in this field and ultimately understand the collegiate path they’ll need to take to get there.”
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