Alpha Omega started the Omega Academy in October 2014. The purpose of the Omega Academy is to conduct career-planning exercises to provide practical information to help participants develop career plans or what we like to call “personal roadmaps” leading to college, the military and gainful employment after graduation.
The Omega Academy convenes career-planning and discussion group workshops to help middle and high school youth develop a career path from middle and high school to college, the military or vocational training after high school. Our target audience is young male 7th graders to high school seniors. Omega Academy Mentor Coaches lead young men through a curriculum that includes career-planning exercises to help youth transform themselves from adolescence into self-reliant young men.
Since 2014, the Omega Academy has exposed over 100 youth to new possibilities, including but not limited to workshops on Aviation, Financial Literacy, Engineering, the Judiciary, Automotive Safety, Entrepreneurship, and Applied Science.
The Omega Academy is always looking for and welcomes new youth participants. Workshops are posted on the Chapter calendar accessed by clicking on the calendar link at the top of the page. For questions or to request information on the Omega Academy, please contact Major Galloway at MajorGalloway1968@hotmail.com.
The kick-off flying session was convened in April 2015 at the Herbert J. Matthews flying program in Clinton, MD at the Potomac Washington airfield. The flying workshop is a highly-anticipated event by youth in the District of Columbia Public Schools and Prince Georges County Public Schools that participated in the flying workshops. The Fall Omega Academy flying workshop was held on November 5, 2017. This most recent flying session was the second sponsored by the southern Maryland chapter of the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA).
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Applied Science Workshop
On December 3rd, 2017, fraternity brother Manson Brown, U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral (retired) and his team of engineers hosted over 20 youth at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for a memorable session on applied engineering and science. Youth were treated to NOAA’s Science on a Sphere—a NOAA invention—which is a six-foot diameter globe capable of showing dynamic, animated images of the planet. The sphere provided an exciting visual display of how NOAA uses satellite technology, mathematics, and modeling to monitor global weather and atmospheric conditions for the United States government, and other public and private agencies. Youth were able to experience what NOAA does to monitor storms, hurricanes and weather reporting for the military, shipping and airline industries and to monitor oceans, polar caps and glaciers, and climate change.
Retired Coast Guard Vice Adm. Manson Brown was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by a voice vote of the U.S. Senate to serve as assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction and deputy administrator for NOAA. Brother Brown retired as the highest ranking Black officer in the Coast Guard.
U.S. Capitol Tour Workshop
On January 7, 2017, the Alpha Omega Omega Academy facilitated a tour of the U.S. Capitol for over 15 DC youth. Omega Academy coach Jackie Kelly, Vice-President of Governmental Affairs for the American Trucking Association organized the tour and was the event’s key note speaker. Brother Kelly shared with the young participants what it meant to lobby the federal government in support of an industry or cause. Participants learned the impact and importance of the trucking industry on our nation’s economy. The young people also learned how private industries interact with the Congress and federal agencies that regulate our private industries.
Career Planning and Public Speaking Workshop
On Saturday, February 11th, 2017, eight Omega Academy coaches conducted a career planning workshop using a high school career interest survey to help the participants consider majors, areas of study for career exploration in school, and supplemental extra-curricular activities. Following a career planning discussion, Omega Academy coaches delivered an excellent training session on public speaking. The young men were challenged and showed tremendous progress during the workshop. They were asked to participate in a number of exercises that helped them develop their public speaking and interpersonal communication skills. It was amazing to see the progress the youth participants made in such a short period time. The session concluded as always with the reciting of the Omega Academy Pledge, which inspires the kids we work with to be all they can be.