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Polk Schools, Central Florida Aerospace Academy Receive $1.4 Million NASA Grant

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded Polk Public Schools a $1.4 million education grant to enhance Kathleen High School’s Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA), an aviation-oriented high school/career academy located on the campus of the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In.

The NASA grant program awarded a total of $11.5 million to public school districts, state-based education initiatives and not-for-profit education organizations across the country. Polk received the largest grant award at $1.4 million.

A portion of Polk’s grant money will be used to enhance the academy’s curriculum through intensive, activity-based “discovery mode” lessons. Learning activities will embed mathematics and science standards and concepts into workforce education courses leading to specific certifications. Grant monies will also be used for additional professional development for CFAA instructors. The University of South Florida-Tampa and USF Polytechnic-Lakeland will assist with curriculum development. Resources of Lakeland’s Traviss Career Center and Polk Community College will also be utilized.