On Monday, June 28, AEA President and CEO Mike Adamson, along with a group of education, government and economic development officials, met with Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Steve Dickson at Summit Technology Academy in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, a career-focused academy designed to prepare high school students for high-demand professional careers. For more than two years, the AEA has partnered with the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and the University of Central Missouri to help develop the Aerospace Academy that will open for the 2021-2022 school year. As a result of this work and the program’s launch this year, high school students will learn flight and electronic principles as juniors and then focus on one of seven different career tracks as seniors. The career tracks include: aerospace engineering; avionics; professional pilot; aviation maintenance; drone pilot; aviation management; and military aviation.

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