Last month, several of our pilots hosted a special Aviation Career Education (ACE) camp at JetBlue University in Orlando, FL for middle and high school students. Each year, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) partners with the FAA to conduct multiple weeklong ACE programs across the country. Admission is offered to students ages 14 to 18 years old who have an interest in learning about aviation. Applicants are competitively ranked based on age, cumulative GPA, and essay.
ACE camps expose minority middle and high school students to a wide variety of career opportunities in aviation. One of the core pillars of our Corporate Social Responsibility platform is education. Our leaders and crewmembers participate in a variety of programs designed to encourage the next generation of aviation professional. Captain Eric Poole was instrumental in bringing the camp to JetBlue University.
Many of the participating students had never had the chance to travel in an airplane, let alone fly one. Pilots, like First Officer Sherwon Liverpool made sure the students received a behind-the-scenes look at our Flight Operations training, giving them an overview of what it takes to become a JetBlue inflight crewmember or pilot.
At JetBlue University, students from Oak Ridge High School received a tour of the facility and had a chance to speak with pilots and even visit our flight simulators.