Slots are open for incoming 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students from area schools who are interested in exploring careers in aeronautics and enrolling in the tuition-based Aeronautics Career Education Academy from June 12 to 16.

As part of the week-long experience, students will fly a plane with an instructor at the Kent State University airport and tour aviation-related worksites to talk to professionals and hear about careers in the airlines, government, military and airport management.

This unique aviation week is sanctioned by the FAA, Federal Aviation Administration. Registered students receive clearance allowing them access to facilities not open to the general public, such as the Air Traffic Control Tower and Radar Center at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. Other worksite visits include United Express Airlines headquarters in Cleveland, Parker Hannifen's corporate hangar and the Ohio Army National Guard Armory. Students will also spend a day enjoying hands-on experiences in Kent State University's aeronautics labs focusing on air traffic control and engineering.

Students meet from June 12 to 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Aeronautics and Technology Building at Kent State University. Cost is $225 for students in the Six District Education Compact, which includes Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Kent, Stow-Munroe Falls, Tallmadge and Woodridge. Others pay $275. The cost includes flying time, bus transportation, worksite visits and a T-shirt.

This unique opportunity is available thanks to a partnership between the Six District Educational Compact and Kent State University's College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology and the Division of Aeronautics.

For more information, call the Compact office at 330-655-2247. The Six District Educational Compact provides College Tech Prep Initiatives, services and resources for Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Kent, Stow-Munroe Falls, Tallmadge and Woodridge school districts.