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Clearwater High to offer aviation academy


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Clearwater High School students soon will be able to take classes that will allow them to graduate with pilot’s license.

Beginning in January, students can participate in the Clearwater Aeronautics and Space Academy through a partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Students in CASA can earn high school graduation and college credits through the program, which will be taught by Embry-Riddle faculty.

Courses will will cover the aerospace industry, including professional pilot, engineering, space, unmanned aerial systems, and aviation maintenance science. They also are open to any Clearwater HIgh student.

“CASA is an excellent opportunity for our students to be fully engaged in a STEM program that will give them rigorous and relevant real-world applications with college credit, and an industry certification,” Clearwater High Principal Keith Mastorides said in a news release.

“We are fortunate to be able to build a partnership with a long standing, successful institution such as Embry-Riddle. Their expertise will allow us to expand in an area never touched before by our district.”

Embry-Riddle also is opening a similar program at Pasco County’s Sunlake High School in January, and already has a presence in several school districts, including Charlotte, Palm Beach and Okaloosa.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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