Advantage Academy

Formerly Florence Career Center


  • FAA aviation grant 

    The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Florence One’s Advantage Academy a grant for $339,000 to go toward aviation education. 

    Mr. Cameron Shepard was instramental in securing this grant for FSD1 and the Advantage Academy along with CDR Brian Souchet. 

    Of the 16 Aviation Workforce Development Aircraft Pilots grants awarded by the FAA, only four went to public school districts; a majority of them were awarded to higher education institutions across the country. Advantage Academy Director, Ms. Carpenter said that a larger school district in South Carolina offers an aviation course but it is only introductory, whereas Florence One students will be able to get actual flight training.

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  • First Flight 1First Flight 2

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  • Several Florence One Schools students took to the sky Tuesday afternoon at the Florence Regional Airport.

    Students enrolled in an aviation class at the Florence Advantage Academy (the Florence Career Center has been renamed) got to view the city from the air as two local pilots took the students for a short flight from the airport.

    West Florence students Dominic Dawson and Abigail Buddenborg were the first two students to take off on one of the flights.

    “It was kind of like a roller coaster — I’m not going to lie,” Dawson said after he came back from his flight. “It was better because you can control it. It was the funnest thing ever.”

    He said the flight felt most like a roller coaster when the pilot put the plane’s flaps down. Dawson added that takeoffs and landings are the most exhilarating part.

    Buddenborg said the flight was like a dream come true. She said her favorite part was taking off.

    Before she flew, she said that she wanted to become a pilot in the military. She said she wanted to go to college and then become a commissioned officer. After she came back, she said she definitely wanted to become a pilot now.

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  • National Technical Honors Society Induction

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    NTHS believes in CTE students, the heartbeat of today's workforce! NTHS celebrates the accomplishments of today’s career and technical education students, empowering them to know the value and impact of their career paths and trades. We celebrated the students induction in to NTHS this week. 

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    To prepare students for employment and/or post-secondary education in order to become independent, productive citizens.

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