New aviation laboratory opened at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School

New aviation laboratory opened at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School

JASPER COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - Students in Jasper County now have access to a resource that could help them plan their future.

The district unveiled its new Aerospace and Aviation Laboratory at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School on Friday.

The school district says it marks some students’ first steps towards careers in the industry. They worked with a group called STEM U to make it happen.

Director and founder Christopher Williams said it's all about connecting the industry to the academic models they're already used to.

"It really gives them a platform. It really gives them the opportunity to be ready to go now - I’m employable. Not only do I have a certification and a license, but I have skills to be now industry-ready. So, we’re putting them in a true environment as if I was working at a professional organization tomorrow, these scholars can walk into those environments and now have the skill sets,” Williams said.

Williams said not only will they get true industry experience; they’ll leave with a certification from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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