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Updated: 1/08 8:12 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fl. -- Students in 13 JROTC programs will soon be in classes learning how to fly unmanned drones. Duval Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti says the new dual enrollment program is through Embry Riddle.

"Our kids will be exposed to this new technology, which would broaden their horizons with the use of technology, but also might be a right fit for them if they think about going into the military in the future or any type of field related to technology," said Vitti.

Embry Riddle says students in the program will learn everything from the history of drones to to how they function in various fields, like agriculture and the military. Paxon High School Army JROTC instructor Ret. Major Kenneth DeVoe says the courses will be a great base for a career.

"It has great application to the future for the military and in general, and they're able to transfer the skills, get credit for it and be able to apply it to daily life in the future," said DeVoe.

Paxon High School JROTC senior Maya Gause says her classmates can't wait to learn how to fly drones.

"I definitely think my classmates and myself 100 percent would be interested in using the drones because a lot of us are interested in the aeronautical," said Gause.

When the classroom portion of the drones course is done, students will get hands-on experience and learn how to fly a drone using an iPad.


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