NAVASOTA, Texas (KBTX) -Navasota High School students will soon have the opportunity to work toward their aviation and aerospace careers all before they graduate high school.
Navasota ISD is now the fourth school district in the lone star state to partner with Tango Flight, a 501c3 educational non-profit corporation created to inspire the next generation of engineers, pilots, aviation mechanics, and technicians.
A small ceremony was held Saturday to introduce the new program to school board members and the community. During the ceremony, Tango Flight personnel took the new plane for a test flight. School officials also debuted its custom vertical stabilizer, commonly known as the Tail Fin, at the ceremony.
The aviation program will be the latest addition to the district’s STEM- science, technology, engineering, and mathematics- program along with their Career and Technology Education.
Navasota ISD Superintendent Dr. Stu Musick says the district is excited to offer the new program for students interested in aerospace and aviation engineering careers.
“There are currently 12 high schools in the nation that have this program, and there are three high schools in the State of Texas. Navasota High School will be the fourth high school in the State of Texas to offer this program for our students,” said Musick. “Whether they’re going to a four-year university or they’re going to a junior college or going into a trade school, straight into the military or graduating from Navasota High School and going straight to work, we want them to be prepared for whatever their next chapter in life is. And we feel that Navasota High School is going to give them a great opportunity to do that.”
The aviation engineering program and curriculum will begin the 2022-2023 school year. School officials say the course will take two years to complete.
In Spring 2021 the Navasota Independent School District was excited to host a grand opening for their brand new outdoor athletic complex. With the help of Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong and Hellas Construction, Inc., and the support of the School Board and Navasota ISD Administration, the district was able to provide major upgrades and renovations. These updates include a multipurpose Matrix Helix game field, an epIQ track, TPS tennis courts, and Major Play baseball and softball fields, in addition to awnings, concession stands, restrooms, LED lighting, and an elevator to the press box.
Navasota ISD started a large project to make major renovations and upgrades in 2019 after passing a $61 million bond in 2017. Phase 2 of the upgrades includes a new career and technology education center. New additions to the center include a new engineering lab, veterinary sciences lab, culinary arts lab, auto garage, medical science lab, greenhouse, cosmetology lab, and much more.
The expansion offers more opportunities for students to explore as they begin thinking about their career and future. The district offers several classes such as cosmetology, AG sciences, culinary arts, welding certifications, and much more.
These expansions allow Navasota ISD students more opportunities after they graduate whether they decide to attend a community college, technical school, a four-year university, or immediately enter the workforce with certification(s) from the CTE programs.
Continuing partnerships between the City, Navasota Economic Development Corporation (NEDC), and Navasota ISD leads to collaboration and new ideas to get local employers involved in youth workforce. In turn, progress and projects like these greatly support local economy as more residents choose to stay, live, and work in their community.