July 13, 2024 10:42 pm
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North Carolina High Schools Launch Innovative Drone Career Pathway Program

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Starting in the 2024-25 school year, North Carolina’s high school students will have a unique opportunity to prepare for careers in the rapidly growing drone industry. Thanks to a new partnership between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and Zipline, the world’s largest autonomous delivery service, a pathway program is being introduced to equip students with essential skills in Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS). This program, available at over 60 high schools including Cleveland High School in Johnston County, covers drone fundamentals, legal requirements, simulations, and drone flight training.

Qualifying students who complete the program are guaranteed an interview with Zipline, paving the way for promising careers in a high-demand field. Trey Michael, NCDPI’s Director of Career and Technical Education, emphasized that the initiative is designed to open doors to successful and fulfilling careers. Joseph Marshall, Director of Flight Operations at Zipline, expressed confidence that the program will attract exceptional candidates and significantly contribute to the UAS industry’s growth.