The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation has awarded seven airports education grants of up to $3,000 each

The funding will be used to host aviation and aerospace-themed summer academies for elementary, middle and high school students. At these academies, students engage in hands-on activities and educational workshops, providing them with valuable insights into career possibilities in aviation. Participants have the opportunity to fly drones, learn about aviation careers, and explore aerospace technology. The academies may also include field trips to aerospace facilities, allowing students to immerse themselves in real-world experiences and interact with industry professionals.

The following airports were awarded ACE Academy grants: Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport in Monroe County; Curtis L Brown, Jr Field in Bladen County; Fayetteville Regional Airport in Cumberland County; Kinston Regional Jetport in Lenoir County; Smith Reynolds Airport in Forsyth County; Statesville Regional Airport in Iredell County; and Washington-Warren Airport in Beaufort County.

NCDOT encourages airports to participate in this Federal Aviation Administration-aligned talent initiative by supplementing some of their vendor and supply costs. Past ACE academies have purchased such items as flight simulators, field trip tickets, aircraft rides, model rocket kits and safety materials.

The academies aim to equip students with the knowledge, skills and inspiration needed to pursue fulfilling careers in aviation. By providing access to engaging and educational experiences, these academies will play a crucial role in shaping the future of the aviation industry by fostering interest and enthusiasm in aviation among young learners.

ACE Academies teach participants about potential careers in aviation
ACE Academies teach participants about potential careers in aviation NCDOT