Drone course kicks off aerospace academy at Pasco high school

Unmanned aircraft soon could be zipping around the grounds of Sunlake High School.

The school plans to offer a course on drone technology in January as it launches an Aerospace Career Academy with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The program is expected to offer college-level courses in engineering, pilot training and other areas aimed at preparing teens for careers in the hot aviation and aerospace professions. Eventually, students could graduate with credit for 10 university courses, on track for a degree and employment, along with their high school diplomas.

“The job opportunities out there are almost unbelievable for the students,” said Leo Murphy, the Embry-Riddle associate professor who is helping Pasco County establish the program. “Ninety-five percent of our graduates are in the workforce or pursuing advanced degrees one year after graduating.”

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