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Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
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Drones will be part of Sunlake High aviation academy

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LAND O’ LAKES — Some Sunlake High students will be learning to fly drones when the school launches an aviation career academy in January in conjunction with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Friday is the deadline for students to register for “Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” the only class that will be offered in the spring semester. In the fall, a full-blown aeronautics career academy will be offered at Sunlake.

“There’s been a lot of buzz and excitement on this,” Principal Steve Williams said.

The school would like to offer two sessions of the “Unmanned Aircraft Systems” class, one during the regular school day and one after hours, but that is contingent on how many students sign up, he said. The school held a “Lunch and Learn” information session last week for students who wanted to learn more.

In August, when the full-fledged program begins, freshmen will be able to enroll in a four-year aviation program, Williams said. Older students will still be able to take individual classes for dual enrollment, which gives them college credit while still in high school.

High school students who aren’t zoned for Sunlake High can apply to the program through school choice. If accepted, they would transfer from their current schools to Sunlake.

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