Greene County high schools vary in what engineering curriculum they offer. The Career Center does not have engineering courses at its campus, but has satellite programs at Fairborn and Xenia high schools, according to Bolender. Fairborn’s course list shows seven engineering-related courses, including one in the aerospace field. Beavercreek High School lists advanced sciences, but no specific engineering courses.
Bellbrook High School does not offer a specific aerospace course, but does have five Project Lead the Way engineering courses, plus a dual-enrollment college course.
Bellbrook Principal Chris Baker said the feasibility study sounds like a smart move to see how local schools can best serve the region’s students, given the expected demand for engineers tied to Wright-Patt.
“I would be interested to see how schools like Bellbrook and others that are already into STEM could partner with and be part of a greater hub,” Baker said, adding that he hoped any project would be “something that benefits all the schools in Greene County.”
Bolender said the feasibility study would examine how much student interest would be needed to start the project.
“At first glance, I don’t think that will be a problem,” he said. “Just in our current programs, we have more than a 100-student increase over last year. We’ve already had a big jump in enrollment.”
GCCC officials emphasized that if they do start the aerospace academy, it would not come at the expense of the center’s existing programs, such as agriculture, health science, criminal justice and others.