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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.

Registration for the 2022 ACE Academy season is now closed. Stay tuned for 2023 ACE Academy openings next spring.

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

Full List of Academies

Sorted by State

NOTE: Academy registration may close prior to the published date if academy capacity is met.

Registration StatusLinkAcademy NameStateCityStart DatesEnd DatesRegistration DeadlineFeeAges
CLOSEDViewHigh DesertCAApple Valley6/20/20226/30/20225/31/2022$10013-18
CLOSEDViewLos AngelesCALos Angeles7/11/20227/15/20226/30/2022$10013-18
CLOSEDViewDover Jr.DEDover6/13/20226/17/20225/29/2022$10011-13
ViewLouisville ADVANCEDKYLouisville7/25/20227/29/20224/30/2022$22514-17
CLOSEDViewTwin CitiesMNMinneapolis6/13/20226/17/20226/11/2022$10013-18
CLOSEDViewNewark NJNewark7/18/20227/22/20226/1/2022$10013-18
CLOSEDViewNYCNYNew York City7/11/20227/15/20226/1/2022$10013-18
CLOSEDViewTulsaOKTulsa 7/11/20227/15/20226/11/2022$10013-18
CLOSEDViewSan JuanPRSan Juan7/11/20227/14/20225/23/2022$10013-18
CLOSEDViewFt. WorthTXFort Worth7/11/20227/16/20225/31/2022$10013-18
CLOSEDViewHouston NorthTXHouston6/27/20227/2/20226/6/2022$10013-18
CLOSEDViewHouston SouthTXHouston6/13/20226/18/20225/23/2022$10013-18
CLOSEDViewSan AntonioTXSan Antonio6/15/20226/20/20226/1/2022$10013-18
CLOSEDViewSt. CroixUSVISt. Croix7/17/20227/22/20226/19/2022$10013-18
CLOSEDViewNOVA (Northern Virginia)VAManassas7/11/20227/15/20226/11/2022$10013-18

ACE Academy Fee Waiver Application

This year, we are offering a limited number of fee waivers for each ACE Academy. To be considered for a fee waiver, students must meet one or more of the following eligibility criteria.

You're eligible for fee waivers if you say "yes" to any of the following:

  • You're enrolled in or eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
  • Your annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
  • You're enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., Federal TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
  • Your family receives public assistance.
  • You live in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home or are homeless.
  • You are a ward of the state or an orphan.
Fee waiver applications are included in the academy application and will be accepted only until the location's application deadline. Fee waiver requests are received and approved on a first-come, first-served basis. 

National ACE Academy Director


Titus Sanders

National ACE Academy Director

Contact the ACE Academy Team