The Aviation Academic Initiative Pipeline (AAI)

The Aviation Academic Initiative Pipeline (AAI) was developed in an effort to create diversity within the aviation industry. The Pipeline's mission is to enhance academic awareness of aviation and aeronautical career path opportunities through curriculum development and systematic program implementation, along with strategic partnerships, to promote aviation education, activities and resources; increase public understanding of the importance of aviation in our every day lives, and support education initiatives at the local, state and national levels. Listed among AAI Pipeline partners are AeroStar Consulting Corporation, City Colleges of Chicago, Lewis University, the Chicago "DODO" Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., the Federal Aviation Administration (Great Lakes Region), AAR Corp., The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP), and Landrum & Brown.

*AVIATION CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT FOR GRADES K-12 * Mentorship for grades 6-12 and College *Corporate partnerships *Collegiate partnerships *College selection/application assistance *Scholarship search assistance *Field Trips/ Industry Exposure


AeroStars Aviation Exploration Apprenticeship (A2EA)


The mission of the AeroStars Aviation Exploration Apprenticeship (A2EA) After School Matters Program is to provide leadership development to students by enhancing the academic awareness of the applied sciences through fun, hands-on demonstration. Our objectives are to teach students about the history and importance of aerospace technology in our everyday lives, expose students to the vast array of career opportunities within the aerospace industry, assist students in attaining the skills necessary to participate and lead in the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) innovations, and support students interested in pursuing a career path in any particular area.


The AeroStars Aviation Exploration Apprenticeship (A2EA) After School Matters Program sparks a serious interest in the aerospace industry. This program focuses on introducing a diverse group of students to underrepresented and traditionally intimidating subjects associated with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) learning. Through the exploration of the aerospace industry, students grasp hold of real world practical applications of science and gain a new awareness of the role that aerospace plays in our everyday lives. They perform fact-finding projects to discover the rich history of aviation; including local Chicago aviation history), do hands-on experiments and activities like flying Flight Simulators and building model airplanes, and explore topics regarding the aerospace industry, including those that provide an opportunity for cross-discipline education (enhancing artistic creativity, communication and language skills.) Students also meet real industry professionals who share their expertise, experiences and time as well as take field trips to places like Local Airports (Midway, O'Hare, Gary-Chicago), Aerospace Businesses, Aerospace Museum Exhibits and the Chicago Air and Water Show. Teens participating in the AeroStars Apprenticeship will receive a free airplane ride!!!


The debate about the quality of U.S. education and America's competitiveness has focused attention on the need for more and better science and math instruction to enable young people to cope with rapidly changing technology. On January 25, 2012 President Obama once again put the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) crisis front and center in his State of the Union address. "Think about the America within our reach: A country that leads the world in educating its people. An America that attracts a new generation of high-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs," he said. US News editor Brian Kelly says that the skills gap--the fact that there are 3 million open jobs requiring STEM skills and more than 10 million Americans looking for work--is an "economic anomaly and a human tragedy." This is why our program is cutting edge! Technology is always cutting edge. It is the wave of the future and the direction in which the economic viability of our country is headed. It is our experience that Aerospace, unlike most disciplines, has an ability to inspire youth and create an excitement about learning that can spill over into other academic areas. The AeroStars Apprenticeship be is to teens because it's fresh, it's airplanes, it's a window into a world that most of them have never ventured into or even's Aviation! It will also be appealing to teens because our program is designed to lead to career opportunities that rival the salaries of lawyers and doctors as transportation is one is one of the highest paying industries.

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AeroStar Note...

AeroStar Consulting Corporation supports the Chicago Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated, a Not-For-Profit Organization that encourages and assists youth within the Chicago Area in pursuing post secondary education and careers in the aerospace industry.

- Tammera Holmes. founder