ECSU welcomed 27 high school students for this year's ACE (Aviation Career Education)
academy June 14 - 19. Their weeklong stay included workshops, rocket launch demonstrations,
unmanned aerial systems flying competitions, hot air balloon demonstrations as well
as field trips to the U. S. Coast Guard Air Station, Elizabeth City, NASA Langley
Research Center, and the Wright Brothers National Memorial.
The goal of the program is to introduce students to a wide range of career options
relevant to the aviation and aerospace industry. On June 19, ECSU faculty in the Aviation
Science program awarded certificates to the students who completed this year's academy.
U.S. Air Force Captain Aaron Jones was the guest speaker for the awards ceremony.
Jones, a fighter pilot who has served in the U.S. Air Force 10 years, said he has
flown missions over three different continents and seven different countries. He is
confident the ACE Academy can prove useful in informing students of rewarding careers
in aviation and aerospace.
"The idea is to have the right attitude, take responsibility for your education and
training then, pursue your passion," Jones said. "If you are truly passionate about
what you are doing or want to do in life, then no obstacle----oh and there will be
roadblocks---can prevent you from attaining your heart's desire."
Several high schools, community colleges and universities across the country host
these fun, interactive summer camps for middle and high school students. ECSU has
held the ACE Academy program for the past seven years. Many of the students attended
for the first time, however one student returned for the fourth time. The ACE Academy
was sponsored by the Division of Aviation for the N.C. Department of Transportation.
ECSU Aviation Science faculty, Dr. Kuldeep Rawat and Mr. Orestes Gooden, oversaw this