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.