The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the York College at the City University of New York recently signed an agreement to provide an aviation-focused weekend and summer education and enrichment program in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The program will be for up to 700 students from communities surrounding John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in Queens.
Students will be taught in four cohorts based on grade level. There will be three sessions throughout the year. A total of 300 students will be enrolled in the fall and spring sessions while 125 students will be accepted for the summer session.
Students in grades 9 through 12 will earn three college credits during the summer session and a $1,200 stipend.
The program will introduce students to career opportunities in aviation, airport management and aerospace technology while providing STEM education, skills, and training.
“We look forward to opening doors to the future, not just to our customers, but to the local young women and men who will be able to achieve a career in aviation thanks to the STEM program at York College,” Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole said.
The JFKR Aviation and Aerospace Academy at York College is part of the port authority’s community development program.