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FUTURES TAKE FLIGHT—CTE students at Duval High School in Maryland will soon be able to obtain their drone pilot’s license before they graduate.
FUTURES TAKE FLIGHT—CTE students at Duval High School in Maryland will soon be able to obtain their drone pilot’s license before they graduate.

School: Duval High School (Prince George’s County, Md.)

Program: Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology

Highlights: From 100 to 150 students participate in the four-year program that prepares them to take the FAA air traffic controller exam and, in the near future, obtain a drone pilot’s license. Areas of study include meteorology, engineering communications, aerospace and aircraft mechanics.

School: Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (Lehigh County, Pa.)

Program: Electromechanical and mechatronics technology

Highlights: Industry experts help develop curriculum to ensure students gain relevant skills. Students can earn college credit and participate in internships. More than 80 percent of students find full-time work after graduation.


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District: Chippewa Valley Schools (Clinton Township, Mich.)

Programs: Mechatronics and robotics

Highlights: Students study with industry experts and participate in paid internships, which can make them eligible for a state program that covers the tuition costs of postsecondary training.


Kelley R. Taylor is a freelance writer specializing in law and education.