Press Advisory: LCSD Launching Drone Certification Course

Press Advisory

Lee County School District (LCSD) Launching Drone Certification Course

  • Bloomberg news service reported that the drone business is expected to rocket more than 6,000 percent by the end of the decade.  (Source: The State, 2017)
  • Arcluster pegs the market size for public safety drones at $1.2 billion in 2022 (Source: Arcluster, 2017)
  • In a report compiled by Pricewaterhouse, the global market for commercial drone technology is expected to skyrocket to $127 billion worldwide by 2020, from about $2 billion today, Bloomberg reported. (Source: Pricewaterhouse, 2016)


To discuss the implementation of a drone program that benefits students through its connection with academic standards including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); global competitiveness; 21st-century sustainability and recognition by the FAA; gainful employment; and the acquisition of a remote pilot’s license leading to various career pathway options.


DATE: Friday, May 24, 2019

TIME: 11:00 a.m.

PLACE: Lee Central Middle School Cafeteria, 41 Charlenes Ln, Bishopville, SC 29010, 803-428-2100



Dr. Wanda Andrews, Superintendent LCSD

Mr. Bernard McDaniel, Executive Director of Instruction, Special Projects and Federal Programs

Mr. Baron Turner, Principal of Lee Central High School

Ms. Tonya Porter, Site Director for Lee Central Career & Technology Center

Mr. Christopher Williams, Director of Partnership Development at STEM U

Mr. Booker “Taz” Little, Director of UAV Operations

Mrs. Brenda Golden, Regional Workforce Advisor for SC Department of Commerce

Mrs. Erika D. Williams, Manager of Communications and Strategic Initiatives for (TheLINK) Economic Development Alliance


Dr. Gerard Edwards, Secondary Education Coordinator

The purpose of this news conference is to announce that LCSD will be providing a unique opportunity for its high school students to gain a remote pilot’s license. Students at Lee Central High School will be offered the iFLY Drone Pilots certification course, beginning Summer 2019. This course comes as a result of a partnership between LCSD, STEM U, and AINautics. For more information about STEM U, visit and 


Dr. Gerard Edwards, Secondary Education Coordinator