Argonaut seeks to break the cycle of poverty and increase equity in education by providing hands-on experiential learning opportunities and work experience for youth interested in exploring careers in aerospace and maritime.
Argonaut is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded by D. Andrew Ferguson and Douglas McConnell in 2010. Recognizing the workforce shortages and a lack of diversity in the aerospace and maritime industries, Ferguson and McConnell created a combined business/education model that incorporates a project-based learning environment and real-life experiences for high school-aged youth in the city of Cleveland. Argonaut’s goal is to engage young people in high quality educational experiences, increase the number of youth who enter careers in the fields of aerospace and maritime, and increase the number of youth who successfully attain financial independence in adulthood through education and employment.
Originally known as “PHASTAR” (Sept. 20, 2010-June 14, 2022), the organization re-branded and launched it’s new brand identity – Argonaut – on June 15, 2022.