Aviation Careers Education (ACE) is a summer employment and
learning opportunity for high school students. ACE promotes aviation
and space education, offers extracurricular activities and provides
students experiences in aviation related jobs. ACE is the result of
partnerships between industry, schools and government.
In 1989 Governor Thompson called
upon his affirmative action leaders to develop several programs to address the needs of
disadvantaged youth in the Milwaukee Public Schools. The Wisconsin Department of
Transportation; Bureau of Aeronautics appointed a steering committee involving Department
of Public Instruction, educators, principals, aviation enthusiasts, pilots, state
government professionals, airport employees, and air transportation industry
representatives, to develop an aviation-space education program. The Milwaukee Aviation
Careers Education program (ACE) was a result of this initiative. The ACE program is
targeted at minority students in Milwaukee Public Schools. Students have
joined the ACE program from McNair
Elementary, Jackie Robinson Middle School, North Division Milwaukee Tech, Washington,
Rufus King, Madison University High Schools, and others. The ACE program has not only been
successful in stimulating students to become interested in air transportation careers, but
also in developing skills needed to become productive members of the workforce.
Numerous individuals interested in
making education more meaningful are the backbone of ACE. Among them are businesses,
employers, active and retired educators, pilots, airport workers, military and airline
employees, and interested persons from other associations and government agencies.
Partnerships are the foundation for the success of this program.
Encourages students to stay in school by making class work
Promotes aviation /space education.
Offers extracurricular activities to keep students
Gives students experiences in aviation-related jobs, which
help them realize that aviation careers are within their reach.
Encourages youth to start planning their future, set goals,
and realistically plan how they will get there.
Gives educators training and experience, which enables them to
infuse aviation/space concepts into cross-disciplinary curricula
including science, mathematics, social studies, technical
education and language classes.
International Airport Administration office is pleased to provide an intern experience
through the ACE program. The students receive training in many aspects of running an
airport, and the airport employees they work with benefit from their enthusiasm and
willingness to help." Pat Rowe, Mitchell International Airport Administration
"Having an intern seems
to bring the regular workers closer together as they seem to take on a big brother
attitude." Ken Smith, Signature Flight Support
"It would be selling the
program short to call it just an 'aviation internship'! Students are learning and
developing critical job readiness skills that prepare them for any career direction.
There is a noticeable difference in the confidence level of these students when they
interview with us for permanent job opportunities." Tricell Jones, Midwest
Express Air Lines
" opportunity to be
a good corporate citizen. Students will be better prepared when entering the job
market or making career decisions." Darwin Samuelson, Northwest Airlines
"The ACE intern did such
a good job he will be hired " Dan Weber, Milwaukee General Aviation
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