Aerospace Career Education (ACE) Academy

OBAP's Aerospace Career Education (ACE) Academy provides middle and high school youth with exposure to opportunities in aerospace through week-long summer academies.

Endorsed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), OBAP has played a leading role in establishing ACE Academies nationwide to introduce, educate and guide diverse students towards careers in aerospace.

In 1992, OBAP partnered with the FAA to support two ACE Academies reaching 41 students. In 1994, the organization co-sponsored 17 academies and reached more than 400 students. To date, OBAP’s 30+ ACE Academies have engaged more than 30,000 youth.

ACE Academy registration opens February 2020

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OBAP's immersive ACE Academies are tailored to provide exposure to the history of aviation, fundamentals of aerodynamics, air traffic control procedures, aerospace technologies and introductions to aerospace careers. Now in 35 locations including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, with two terms in Memphis and Louisville, the program engages 1,100 students on an annual basis.

“Following the ACE Academy experience, I attended the Air Force Academy earning a degree in Space Operations and a pilot slot. I have been blessed to accomplish many firsts in my career, including being only the 6th black pilot ever to fly the U-2S. I would love to do anything I can to give back to OBAP and encourage students, showing them that anything is truly possible.” 

- Captain Brandon Jones, U.S. Air Force, ACE Academy participant

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Apple Valley ACE Academy TBD TBD Opening Soon Apple Valley California
Atlanta ACE Academy TBD TBD Opening Soon Atlanta Georgia
Austin ACE Academy TBD TBD Opening Soon Austin Texas
Boston ACE Academy TBD TBD Opening Soon Boston Massachusetts
Chicago ACE Academy TBD TBD Opening Soon Chicago Illinois
Cleveland ACE Academy TBD TBD Opening Soon Cleveland Ohio
Columbus ACE Academy 7/14/2020 7/18/2020 Opening Soon Columbus Ohio
Dallas / Fort Worth 6/8/2020 6/12/2019 Opening Soon Dallas Texas
Denver ACE Academy TBD TBD Opening Soon Denver Colorado
Dover ACE Academy 6/22/2020 6/26/2020 Opening Soon Dover Delaware
Fort Lauderdale ACE Academy 7/13/2020 7/15/2020 Opening Soon Ft. Lauderdale Florida
Houston North ACE Academy 7/6/2020 7/11/2020 Opening Soon Houston Texas
Houston South ACE Academy 6/22/2020 6/27/2020 Opening Soon Houston Texas
Jackson ACE Academy 7/20/2020 7/24/2020 Opening Soon Jackson Mississippi
Kansas City ACE Academy TBD TBD Opening Soon Kansas City Missouri
Las Vegas ACE Academy 6/8/2020 6/13/2020 Opening Soon Las Vegas Nevada
Los Angeles ACE Academy 7/13/2020 7/17/2020 Opening Soon Los Angeles California
Louisville ACE Academy 6/20/2020 6/26/2020 Opening Soon Louisville Kentucky
Louisville Advanced ACE Academy 7/27/2020 7/31/2020 Opening Soon Louisville Kentucky
Memphis ACE Academy 6/22/2020 6/26/2020 Opening Soon Memphis Tennessee
Newark ACE Academy 7/13/2020 7/17/2020 Opening Soon Newark New York
New York ACE Academy 7/13/2020 7/17/2020 Opening Soon New York New York
Northern Virginia ACE Academy 7/13/2020 7/17/2020 Opening Soon Virginia
Oklahoma ACE Academy 6/8/2020 6/13/2020 Opening Soon Oklahoma
Orlando ACE Academy 7/6/2020 7/11/2020 Opening Soon Orlando Florida
Pensacola ACE Academy TBD TBD Opening Soon Pensacola Florida
Phoenix ACE Academy 6/1/2020 6/6/2020 Opening Soon Phoenix Arizona
Richmond ACE Academy TBD July TBD July Opening Soon Richmond Virginia
Sacramento ACE Academy 6/22/2020 6/26/2020 Opening Soon Sacramento California
San Antonio ACE Academy 6/15/2020 6/20/2020 Opening Soon San Antonio Texas
San Diego ACE Academy TBD TBD Opening Soon San Diego California
San Francisco ACE Academy 7/2/2020 7/24/2020 Opening Soon San Francisco California
San Juan ACE Academy 6/15/2020 6/19/2020 Opening Soon San Juan Puerto Rico
Twin Cities ACE Academy TBD TBD Opening Soon Minneapolis–Saint Paul Minnesota
Virgin Islands ACE Academy TBD TBD Opening Soon Virgin Islands

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National ACE Academy Director

GeoffBerry

Geoff Berry

National ACE Academy Director
Southwest Airlines - Captain

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