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The sky’s the limit for Milwaukee high school students in the Aviation Careers and Education (ACE) Program

July 31, 2014

Thirty-five Milwaukee high school students are working in the aviation industry this summer through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) Aviation Careers and Education (ACE) program. The program, celebrating 25 years, provides disadvantaged youth with valuable work experience, mentoring and first-hand knowledge about aviation careers.

Since 1989, ACE has brought together Milwaukee Public Schools and private employers to provide nearly 800 high school students meaningful work experience in aviation-related jobs. During the nine-week summer internships, student work includes aircraft maintenance, baggage handling, retail and administrative duties – all under the supervision and guidance of seasoned employees. Some past ACE graduates have later turned their summer internships into permanent jobs with their aviation-related employers.

"Strong partnerships like ACE provide students with real-world experience that can prepare them for any future career path they choose to follow," said WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics Director David Greene. "I want to commend and thank all the employers, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee County, General Mitchell International Airport, as well as all the local, state and federal officials that help make ACE possible. We are proud of this program and are happy to celebrate its anniversary. It’s good for kids; it’s good for employers."

Milwaukee ACE students come from the following high schools:

  • Bradley Tech
  • Carmen High School of Science
  • International Peace Academy
  • Morse Marshall High School
  • Rufus King
  • Riverside
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Washington information and Technology

Employers participating in the Milwaukee ACE program this year include:

  • Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG)
  • Delta Airlines
  • General Mitchell International Airport
  • Paradies Gift Shop
  • Signature Flight Support
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • US Airways
  • 128th Wisconsin Air National Guard

More ACE Program information can be found at the WisDOT website.

Governor Walker’s Aviation Week Proclamation is available online.

For more information, contact:
Karen Broitzman, WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics
(608) 266-8166,



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