The Black Aerospace Council is using a Las Vegas convention to teach youth about career opportunities in the aerospace industry.
The 2012 International Black Aerospace Council Member Organizations Co-Conventions is providing activities to expose participants to careers in aerospace industries. The IBAC said Thursday that a diverse group of Las Vegas area youth had been participating in the program for two weeks.
Citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the IBAC reports that only 2.9% of America's pilots and flight engineers are black. The group says African Americans account for about 13% of the nation's population, The IBAC believes employment rates are similar for job categories throughout aviation and related industries.
According to the IBAC, the disparity is largely due to a lack of access to role models and experiences to make them aware of the wide variety of opportunities. The group hopes their aerospace youth activities will help change that. IBAC was providing the event to youth free of charge Thursday.
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