The new Aerospace & Natural Science Academy of Toledo (ANSAT) officially opened its doors on Monday, August 6, with a ribbon cutting and opening program that featured a number of speeches, including from Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/superintendent of Toledo Public Schools; Amy Daunhauer, the new ANSAT director; Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur; City of Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and Paul Toth, president and CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.

The new academy is open to students throughout northwest Ohio. It has a Career Tech focus in several growing industries: aviation and aeronautics; animal science and management; urban agriculture and agribusiness and environmental sustainability and wildlife management. There will be project-based, cross-curricular learning in a high-tech environment.

Students will have the opportunity to earn college credit, industrial credentials and employment after graduation. Possible career options include employment as an aviation technician as well as in greenhouse management; small-livestock management; hydroponic vegetable production; veterinary hospitals; animal research facilities; animal control agencies; animal shelters and boarding kennels.

Classes start Monday, August 20, in a newly renovated building at Toledo Located at Toledo Express Airport, 11600 W. Airport Service Rd., in Swanton.