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The North Central Texas (NCTX) Aerial Robotics Initiative began in the 2019-2020 school year as part of the Texas Regional Pathways Network (TRPN). The purpose of the initiative was to create an innovative new career pathway in STEM to meet the demand for Licensed Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) or "Drone" operators.

In 2019-2020, ten NCTX school districts, ranging in enrollment from 187 students (Strawn ISD) to more than 83,000 students (Fort Worth ISD), shared a mission that included preparing all students for success in college, career, and community leadership. Each district established its own sUAS program, aligned directly with local industry. In addition to 10 K12 school districts, there was a post-secondary partner and five business/industry/workforce partners. 

In 2020-2021, NCTX added key strategic partners, including another school district, another higher education partner and 7 additional business/industry partners to integrate aerial robotics into ten high-wage, high-demand career pathways.

NCTX Aerial Robotics Initiative has been known for an unparalleled commitment to collaboration among stakeholders. It is this standard of teamwork that provides the impetus for innovation and unparalleled support of teachers and students. 

We believe that the student always comes first - and that means providing teachers with industry-standard equipment, relevant training, and up-to-date information on career opportunities for students. 

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