Ramone Crowe, Program Manager, AJW-1X, is the Black United Fund (BUF) of Michigan (a Combined Federal Campaign-listed charity) Program Director for Project Aviation, and a board member of BUF. Mr. Crowe understands the sense of urgency to address the shortage of trained aviation professionals in the aviation field. Through Mr. Crowe’s leadership, BUF has been successful in building relationships with community, corporate and educational leaders to aid in addressing this crisis. Many of these supporters attended BUF’s 48th Annual Gala.

During the STEM Aviation and Space Education (AVSED) Program Outreach Representative Forum telcon, Ramone Crowe, an ACE Academy Director, mentioned the event in Detroit to support aviation outreach initiatives in the area including the ACE Academies. James Brough, National Program Manager, STEM AVSED Program, coordinated with Rebecca MacPherson, Great Lakes Regional Administrator, for FAA representation at the gala.

MacPherson, FAA’s Great Lakes Regional Administrator, delivered remarks that covered aviation industry challenges to attract talent, and commended BUF on its efforts in this area. In addition, she met with BUF’s CEO, and President of the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum to discuss strategies to increase exposures to aviation careers.

The 48th Anniversary Benefit Gala Celebration is BUF of Michigan’s largest fundraising event that supports its mission focus on Education and STEM programs. The event had over 750 state-wide community and business leaders in attendance.

(LtoR) Rebecca MacPherson, FAA Great Lakes Regional Administrator, Ramone Crowe,Jr. and wife Sharen Crowe; Captain Stephanie Johnson, Delta Airlines and OBAP Midwest Director, First Black Female Captain for Delta Airlines.

The Project Aviation program provides a positive platform for under-served and under-represented youth to explore the array of career opportunities available in the field of aviation/aerospace in the Detroit Metro Area.

Along with the FAA and our aviation partners, the program is delivered in the form of a weeklong STEM Academy, weekend seminars, and aviation career fairs, networking with aviation professionals and sharing of aviation resource information. To date, over 300 students, ages 10-21 have participated in the program and growing.

Read more Focus FAA features(https://my.faa.gov/content/myfaa/en/focus/article-search.html? q=ramone+crowe) about Ramone and his positive work in the Michigan community.

Learn more about the Black United Fund of Michigan and their work as a CFC-listed non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Cameron McCullum (left) attended the Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy in Ypsilanti, MI this year, and now is focused on becoming an airline pilot.