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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita students may soon be able to study aircraft production and maintenance in high school under a program that allows them to work toward professional certificates and possible jobs after graduation.

The proposed new curriculum in Wichita schools is called Aviation Pathway. The Wichita Eagle reports it would be the first such aviation technical education in the local schools. It was announced Monday on the production floor at Textron in Wichita.

The program would launch at North, Northwest, Southeast and West high schools this fall if it is approved by the Kansas Board of Education this summer.

The Kansas Department of Labor says the average entry-level annual wage for an avionics technician is $45,961, and the average entry-level wage for aircraft mechanics and service technicians is $40,496.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com