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Detroit ACE Academies

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Capt. Stephanie Johnson provides the ACE Academy girls a tour of Delta's aircraft, flight, and ramp operations at DTW. Capt. Johnson is Delta's first Black female captain.

Since 1993, Detroit's ACE Academy at Wayne State University has sought to provide under-represented and under-served youth with aviation career education and to encourage students to pursue excellence and careers in aviation and aerospace science. 2019 has been the most successful year to date with over 70 students attending 3 academies. The program's expansion is due to the efforts of all the partner organizations located throughout the Detroit Metro Area: Black United Fund of Michigan, Tuskegee Airmen National Museum, Federal Aviation Administration, National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Administration, Wayne State University College of Engineering, Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, and Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology.

The program's curriculum focuses on aviation history, the theory of flight, parts of an airplane, navigation and weather, and careers in aviation. Field trips to Detroit Metro Airport Delta Flight Operations, Selfridge Air National Guard Base (ANG), U.S Air Marshal Field Office, the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum, and an airplane ride at Detroit City and Willow Run Airports also add excitement and bring the curriculum to life.

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