Did you know that aerospace is one of San Antonio''s leading economic sectors?
There are almost 14,000 women and men employed by this industry, which accounts for more than $5 billion in annual economic activity in our region each year.
And Port San Antonio is where much of that work-and future opportunities-are taking place. Industry leaders at the Port who help maintain and build aircraft and engines include Boeing, Lockheed Martin, StandardAero, Chromalloy, Pratt & Whitney and Gore Design Completions.
So how can young people kick start their future in one of the best-paid industries in our community?
Since 2001, the Alamo Aerospace Academy has trained over 300 young women and men from high schools throughout the community and provided them with the skills that aerospace companies at the Port are looking for today.
Part of Alamo Colleges, the Aerospace Academy is a college-level program that is FREE to students and their families.
Talented high school juniors and seniors who are part of the two-year program spend each school day morning taking hands-on courses in aircraft maintenance and repair at the St. Philip’s College Southwest Campus at the Port. In the summer between their junior and senior year, they sharpen their skills and get real world experience through PAID internships with aerospace companies at the Port and elsewhere in the region.
Academies graduates are college-proven and career-ready by the time they finish high school. For employers, the program is an essential partner in growing their workforce and affecting decisions for those businesses to come, stay and grow in San Antonio.