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Aviation and Aeronautics Academy

The JFK Redevelopment Aviation and Aeronautics Academy at York College (JFKR AAA) aims to expose local youth to science, technology, engineering, and math concepts related to aviation, aeronautics, and airport management, as well as to introduce them to leadership and career opportunities in the industry.

About us

In partnership with York College, the JFKR Aviation & Aeronautics Academy will provide approximately 700 students with aviation-related educational opportunities throughout the school year.

York College is strategically located between the two busiest airports (JFK and LaGuardia) and ready to leverage this unique opportunity to bring STEM outreach and aviation-industry related awareness to the community children and youths. Historically, York has been a long-standing highly effective, and demonstrated STEM provider since 1999 via NASA SEMAA and NASA MUREP. York has always enjoyed corporate support to expand the K1-12 STEM Program to the community by incorporating programming language, coding, cybersecurity, etc. The corporate partnerships involved AT&T, Con Edison, and National Grid. Being in southeast Queens, one of the most diverse boroughs in the nation, this new free STEM Program will fulfill one of the most important community needs - educate, train, retain local children and youths in aviation and ensure future workforce development.

K1-12 Session Information

Classes will be offered three times a year (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Fall and Spring K1-12 sessions will be on four Saturdays (9am to 3pm). Four and six-week-long Summer classes will be Monday-Friday (9am to 3pm) for grades 6-12.

Spring 2024 Session starts on March 16, 2024 and ends on April 13, 2024 (Saturdays 9 am - 3 pm || No classes on March 30, 2024)

Our spring curriculum remains consistent with the fall curriculum, and we are keen to extend priority enrollment to new students.

Spring 2024 applications are now closed due to overwhelming response. Thank you for your interest!


The JFK Redevelopment Aviation and Aeronautics Academy at York College recognizes the need to increase the number of women and minorities in the aviation industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 9.2% of all aircraft pilots and flight engineers were women, 95.7% were white, 2.6% were Black, 1.6 % were Asian, and 9.7% were Hispanic or Latino in 2022.

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Aviation Programs Available

York College

Queens, NY

The CUNY Aviation Institute also promotes high-quality research and academic exchange of ideas in the field of aviation and assists in the training of professional educators and researchers in this area. As an academic forum on education and research in the field of aviation, CUNY Aviation Institute acts as the center for a network of global partners comprising the private sector, educational institutions, international organizations, trade associations, governments and other bodies with interest in aviation management.

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

Flushing, NY

At Vaughn College, our mission is to educate and train future leaders in the futureproof fields of engineering and technology, management and aviation.

Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale, NY

The mission of the Department of Aviation is to provide affordable, high quality, and cost-effective programs in Aeronautical Science and Aviation Administration that will enable graduates to obtain entry-level positions as professional pilots and aviation administrators.

Media Publicity

JFK Redevelopment STEM Program at CUNY York College

December 19, 2023

The JFK Redevelopment Aviation and Aeronautics Academy at York College (JFKR AAA) celebrated its first fall graduating class of its new STEM program established in collaboration with Port Authority of NY & NJ, and airport partners at The New Terminal One, Delta Air Lines, JFKIAT, JFK Millennium Partners, and American Airlines.

Port Authority collaborates with York College on new academy as part of $19B redevelopment of JFK Airport

October 31, 2023

The Port Authority recently announced an agreement with York College in Jamaica and CUNY to launch an Aviation and Aerospace Academy as part of the $19 billion redevelopment of John F. Kennedy International Airport.

PANYNJ Collaborates With York College to Launch Aviation & Aerospace Academy

October 19, 2023

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced an agreement with York College at the City University of New York to provide an aviation-focused weekend and summer education and enrichment program in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for up to 700 students from grades 1 through 12.

JFK’s Terminal 6 on track for completion

June 29, 2023

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, via its JFK Redevelopment Program, held a community engagement meeting in Jamaica to update residents about the development of Terminal 6 last Wednesday.

JFK Airport Redevelopment Community Advisory Council Meets with community to discuss local opportunities

May 9, 2023

The Port, York College, and individual terminals are offering engaging STEM, retail concession initiatives, and educational development as paths to career success.

York Awarded $3 million for STEM Summer Program

October 16, 2019

JFK Redevelopment Partners Awards $3 Million in Support of York College’s STEM & Aviation Education for Community Youth

Governor Cuomo Announces Initial Jobs And Hiring Initiatives as Part of JFK Airport Redevelopment

October 16, 2019

A new science and technology education program for 300 local students in grades 1-12 in Queens to encourage them to seek out jobs in aviation; this program will be carried out through a local partnership with York College building on a successful prior STEM program.

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