Eighteen students at B.C. Rain High School have been selected to attend the National Flight Academy’s six-day Deployment program in Pensacola this summer as a result of the collaborative effort between the Mobile Airport Authority Foundation and Brookley Aeroplex companies.
The Brookley Aeroplex STEM Initiative is a collaborative effort of the Brookley Aeroplex aviation business community and funded through sponsorship from Continental Motors, Airbus Americas, VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Alabama Power, Star Aviation, Signature Aviation and the Mobile Airport Authority Foundation.
The total sponsorship investment has raised over $50,000 and funding covers the six-day Deployment tuition and bus transportation for all students to the facility.
Using a competitive application process, the Brookley Aeroplex sponsors identified sophomores and juniors at B.C. Rain and the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science to sponsor for the program.
The B.C. Rain students are:
- Myles Draine
- Titeana Cook
- William Blake
- Jalen Roberts
- Jayla Dixon
- Darien Bailey
- Morgan Brown
- Demarsha English
- Charles Bryant
- Destiny Austin
- Marlisa Fox
- Markeitries Fox
- LaKendrick Beckham
- Desmond Wilson
- Mckenzie Lutin
- David Jackson
- Dylan Atkins
- Antonio Hudson
The National Flight Academy’s adventure begins on a landlocked, virtual aircraft carrier, AMBITION (CVT-11). Students live aboard for six days and experience theme park-style thrills surrounded by advanced technology, flight simulators and virtual reality missions that ignite imagination and encourage learning. This partnership allows the above organizations to work together to inspire and engage students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics with a goal of promoting workforce development.
“THE NFA STEM program sponsored by the Brookley Aeroplex aviation business community is a way for us to be involved in the community and help the next generation see the value of focusing on STEM while in school,” says Rhett Ross. “Our goal is to excite the next generation of workers to realize that there are great careers with great pay as long as you leave high school with a STEM foundation.”
Another component of the Brookley Aeroplex STEM Initiative incorporates facility tours and job shadowing of participating companies. Students will gain real-world skills and hands on learning experiences while developing 21st century skills needed for success.
“It is an honor for us to partner with the Brookley Aeroplex aviation business community in their effort to invest in the next generation,” said Gen. Duane Thiessen, chief executive officer and president of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.
“By exposing students to various workplaces then applying skills at the National Flight Academy, they can better align their passions and make early connections to the employment available to them,” he furthered.
About the National Flight Academy
The National Flight Academy, located aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida, is designed to address the serious concerns of declining Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills and standards in our country. The Academy’s mission is to inspire students who subsequently return to their parent schools and seek out the more challenging courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
The NFA is a self-supporting, tuition-based educational program. In order to make the National Flight Academy adventure a reality for as many students as possible, we are committed to a financial aid program that enables a demographically and geographically diverse student population to attend. We welcome support from individuals, corporations and foundations for both our scholarship program and general operation funds. The National Flight Academy, a program of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Inc., is authorized but not endorsed or funded by the U.S. Navy or U.S. Government.
About Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley
The Mobile Airport Authority is self-sustaining and does not receive any operational funding from taxpayers. The Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley is a 1,700-acre aerospace complex that offers compelling land, sea, air and ground logistical solutions. It has long been home to several OEM, MRO operations and FAA Part 145 repair stations. Continental Motors, VT MAE, FEDEX, Star Aviation and Aerostar all call the Aeroplex home employing over 4,000 people. Most recently, Airbus chose Mobile and MAA’s Mobile Aeroplex as its first final assembly line in North America. The $600 million dollar facility produces the A320 family of aircraft. The complex is now home to many of the world’s leading aerospace suppliers and growing daily. The airport authority has created one of the South’s Premier Aerospace Business locations with a broad spectrum of turnkey solutions from single office common use services space, to build-to-suit lease back programs.
For more information about the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, visit http://mobileaeroplex.org.