As part of the Rural Tech Project, Woodlake High School developed and launched a new two-year Aviation Pathway in fall 2021. Serving students in ninth through 12th grades, the Aviation Pathway prepares students for regional aviation careers and postsecondary degrees. Students learn geometry, aerodynamic principles, and drone operations, and earn industry certifications and college credits.
Aviation Pathway students complete two years of coursework — Math for Aviation and Aviation 1 — with an emphasis on project-based learning as they use flight simulators and work in “flight crews” to accomplish missions. Students can earn OSHA 10 certifications and receive aviation certificates, such as an FAA drone operator license.
The program also includes career connections and programming. Industry experts visit Woodlake to share their experiences with students; previous speakers have included leaders from the U.S. Air Force, California Aeronautical University, Naval Air Station Lemoore, and Southwest Airlines. Select students participate in a paid internship program with Benson Aviation, connecting skills from their coursework to real-world applications at a local business. Aviation Pathway students also earn dual credits from Reedley College through a recently established partnership.
How to get in touch:
- Team Lead: Carmita Peña
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