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“Drones are no longer just for hobbyists or a child’s toy,” said Jon Graft, Superintendent and CEO of Butler Tech. “The commercialization of drones means we have to train today’s students for new careers that are just coming online or have yet to be created.”
To help meet this future workforce need, Butler Tech will be adding drone technology instruction to existing high school programs in fall of 2017. The course module will prepare students to earn required commercial drone certification, according to the school.
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The grant supports one of Duke Energy Foundation’s key investment priorities to fund career education programs that address STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and workforce development, according to the company.
“We are pleased to partner with Butler Tech on this grant to see students thrive as they are learning the new drone technology,” said Tim Abbott, Community Relations Manager for Duke Energy. “Our commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum made this program something we knew we wanted to be involved with.”