The Palmdale Aerospace Academy prepares its graduates for college and careers in the 21st century, aligned with workforce needs in the local area and beyond. The educational program emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills and views academics through the lens of aerospace. Challenging projects, hands-on activities and collaborative learning engage student interest to maximize learning potential.
The Palmdale Aerospace Academy will thrive through partnership with aerospace industry employers, the City of Palmdale, the Palmdale School District and others who help develop an innovative, relevant educational option.
In our first two years of existence, Team 5012 received a Rookie Grant and a Growth Grant, and this year Team 5012 Gryffingear is an official NASA House team, which guarantees funding for two regionals per year for the next 3 years. This also extends to unique resources, materials, and a team mentor. We are proud and excited to continue our relationship with NASA as a House Team!
Lockheed Martin consistently provides both funding and mentors throughout the year for Gryffingear, amounting to nearly $5000 annually along with nearly 100 mentor hours, including support at competitions. In addition, Gryffingear attends the Fox Field Air show STEM tent display which is hosted by Lockheed-Martin. TPAA is working with Lockheed-Martin to provide internships and/or Industry Supported Partnerships in the future.
The AC Warnack Foundation is a prominent influence on STEM Education, and Real Estate in the Antelope Valley. The consistent and gracious support of A.C. Warnack also extended to being recognized in 2015 at a Clippers Game in Los Angeles as FIRST World Champions.
The Society of Women Engineers is a new sponsor for Gryffingear this year, and lent its support after two years of efforts to build up our mentorship to girls groups and teams in our community. Currently our school has an all girls FTC team which we mentor called the “Reauxbatons”, and we have several female alumni who are STEM and Engineering majors this year at California and other universities. TPAA has a distinct diversity plan, to continue to reach out to female students in our community to offer opportunities to engage in STEM.
Creating a successful and sustainable business requires more than financial results. The Company places great importance not just on what we do, but how we do it. Responsible business is embedded within the Company’s Strategy and is supported across the business via our Corporate Responsibility (CR) agenda.
The Information/Welcome Center (Outreach) exists to provide accurate information and appropriate referral services about college programs, services and procedures to students, faculty, staff and the community at large in a manner that is pleasant and inviting and to effectively reach out to both traditional and non-traditional students for the purpose of recruitment, matriculation and retention at Antelope Valley College.