Embry-Riddle Expands High School STEM Program


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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Gaetz Aerospace Institute will be expanding its concurrent enrollment program offering accelerated science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses for high school students to schools in Ohio and Louisiana this year. The program allows students to get both high school and college credit for successfully completed classes. Available courses include aeronautical science, unmanned aircraft systems, meteorology and engineering.

“By preparing students with real-life skills and knowledge, we are working hand-in-hand with government, industries and local school district partners to guarantee a pipeline of talent for Florida’s growing aerospace and aviation industry,” said executive director for the Gaetz Aerospace Institute, Colleen Conklin.

The program, which launched in Florida in 2004 and expanded to Illinois in 2013, is currently offered in over 60 high schools. Classes are taught by college-credentialed high school teachers. According to Embry-Riddle, instructors from the university provide “discipline-specific training and orientation regarding course curriculum, assessment criteria, pedagogy and course philosophy to the high school instructor.” The university also offers scholarships for participating students.