UNT and TCC deliver opportunity for high school students to soar during annual ACE summer camp


UNT and Tarrant Community College (TCC) are partnering up to deliver another soaring opportunity for high school students.

From June 14-18, the Aviation Career Education Academy (ACE), a five-day innovative summer camp, will give students the chance to explore career options in aviation and aerospace.

“Fewer than 15 percent of the jobs in aviation involve the cockpit or the cabin of an airplane, but for most young students, their only experience with aviation is riding on a passenger airline. We want to change that,” said Steve Joiner, a lecturer in UNT’s Department of Marketing and Logistics and camp organizer.

ACE Camp gives students the awareness of aviation history, different career opportunities within aviation, preparation and planning a flight, the physics of flight, as well as the design and maintenance of aircraft. Students will even be given the chance to fly in an airplane with the US Aviation Academy.

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, UNT offers the only four-year aviation logistics program in Texas, which was recently ranked first in the nation for median earnings for alumni after graduation by GradReports.com. The program aims to teach students how air transportation works in conjunction with other modes of transportation to help businesses manage their supply chain in the most cost- and time-effective manner. TCC also offers associate degrees and certificates in programs including professional pilot, airframe maintenance and electronics technology and aviation maintenance technology.

ACE Camp is for juniors, seniors and recent high school graduates, and will be hosted at TCC’s Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics, located at 2301 Horizon Dr. in Fort Worth. Registration is $350 per student. There will be a complimentary tour of the facility for interested parents on the first morning of the camp.