SkyOp has announced a new initiative to pair interested corporate sponsors with local school districts eager to launch high school drone training STEM programs.
Following the recent release of its SkyOp Drone Training Curriculum, the company was overwhelmed with school districts wanting to adopt the workforce development curriculum for high school juniors and seniors, but many interested districts faced constraints on education funding.
With experts highlighting a growing need for expanded STEM programs, and employers nationwide finding it increasingly difficult to hire drone pilots with the necessary data collection and analytics skills, SkyOp is hoping to help bridge the gap and tackle this national issue head on.
Through the new initiative, SkyOp is looking to identify corporations interested in sponsoring drone STEM education in local high schools to afford students an opportunity to immerse themselves in a rapidly growing and well-paying career path.
Brian Pitre, SkyOp’s chairman of the board, commented: “It’s our hope that we can bring corporate entities interested in investing in their local communities together with their local school districts to build the in-demand skilled workforce that will benefit all parties.”
Adding: “The drone training curriculum that we’ve designed allows school districts to implement experiential learning programs that not only expose students to career-driving STEM skills, but allow students to graduate the program as fully-licensed FAA drone pilots with the full complement of data collection and analysis skills needed to immediately enter this growing workforce.”
Following a successfully completed pilot program in partnership with Hudson Valley Community College and the U.S. Department of Labor through its U.S. Job Corps in Oneonta, NY, the SkyOp Drone Training Curriculum has also been deployed in numerous school districts including the Salamanca City Central School District, Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOES) and the Questar III BOCES.