Trumbull County ESC News Article

TCESC Unveils Young Dronepreneurs Program


The Trumbull County Educational Service Center unveiled a new multi-tier aeronautics drone program lifting off in Trumbull County. Special guests, including Congressman David Joyce and former Congressman Tim Ryan, who made this possible for our Trumbull County students, participated in the announcement.

The inception of this groundbreaking endeavor has been made possible by the DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH, AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2023, which was officially ratified in July of 2022. This legislation has earmarked a substantial allocation of $650,000.00, which will be infused into the Trumbull County Educational Service Center Drone program, propelling it into new dimensions of excellence and impact.

The rollout of the multi-tier aeronautics drone program encompasses four pivotal components, each designed to foster innovation, skill development, and industry awareness amongst the students of Trumbull County:

- Trumbull County Advanced Unmanned Air Mobility Center: This state-of-the-art facility will serve as a hub for advanced drone research, development, and testing, positioning Trumbull County at the forefront of unmanned air mobility.

Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Trumbull County Students: A dynamic pre-apprenticeship program will be introduced to equip students with hands-on training, preparing them for promising careers in the evolving field of aeronautics.

Entrepreneurship Education and Industry Awareness: Students in grades 6 to 8 will benefit from an engaging curriculum to foster entrepreneurship and industry awareness within the unmanned aircraft sector.

Expansion of Drones in School National Racing League: The program's expansion will include greater participation in the Drones in School national racing league, enabling students to showcase their talents and compete nationally.

"The unveiling of the multi-tier aeronautics drone program marks a transformative moment for Trumbull County students. This initiative is not just about technology; it's about empowering our young minds with the skills, knowledge, and innovation needed to navigate the future. With hands-on training and a focus on industry awareness, we are confident that this program will elevate our students' potential and position them as leaders in the ever-evolving field of unmanned aeronautics. On behalf of the TCESC, I would like to thank Congressman Joyce and Ryan for making this endeavor possible for the students of Trumbull County. " - Robert Marino, Assistant Superintendent, Trumbull County Educational Service Center.

"Two years ago, we started with four drone racing teams and a vision. It's incredible to see how far we've come on this journey from small beginnings to a transformative initiative showcasing our dedication to progress and education in the most exciting way." - Ed Mackiewicz, Curriculum & Instruction Supervisor, Trumbull County Educational Service Center.

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