Collier County high school students train to become pilots; help alleviate shortage

MARCO ISLAND. Fla. — At the small private airport situated at the Marco I

sland shoreline, high school students from across Collier County are taking flight and training to become pilots – all as part of their public school education. “I never thought I’d fly, but I got the opportunity, so here I am,”

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aid Laisha Ruiz, a 17 year-old senior at Lely High School. Ruiz is a recipient of the James C. Ray Scholarship, a rolling application

grant provided by the Collier County Community Foundation. The foundation has provided nearly $1 million in scholarships towards aviation programs since its inception.

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