Battery Creek High School students can earn college credit in aviation studies starting next school year through a partnership with the world's largest aeronautical university.
The Beaufort County School District struck a deal with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to offer two college-level courses to students. It also becomes the second school district in the country to offer dual-enrollment courses with the college, according to a district news release.
Students will earn both a high school elective credit and three college credits for each course.
Col. Jack Snider of Battery Creek High helped arrange the partnership and said the courses should help prepare students for careers in aviation.
The first course, management for aeronautical science, will teach students about aviation careers, flying and aviation safety.
The second course, project management in aviation operations, will introduce students to managing a project from start to finish, including building small, radio-controlled aircraft.
Snider said the courses will serve as capstones to a series of engineering and aviation courses already taught at the school. Those courses are offered through Project Lead the Way, a national engineering curriculum that allows students to earn college credit.
The university's partnership adds credibility to the school's Military Science and Aeronautical Engineering Academy, Snider said. The courses will be taught by an Embry-Riddle professor.
The students "are getting it from the professional," he said, "not just someone who took a one-week course."