FAA Adds 15 More Colleges to UAS Training Program
Friday, September 18, 2020 | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) selected 15 more schools to to participate in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Collegiate Training Initiative (UAS-CTI).

The new schools are:
• Austin Community College, Austin, Texas
• Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing, New Jersey
• Big Bend Community College, Moses Lake, Washington
• Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, Martinsburg, West Virginia
• Carroll Community College, Westminster, Maryland
• Clark State Community College, Springfield, Ohio
• Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, North Carolina
• Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
• Fullerton College, Fullerton California
• Kansas State Polytechnic, Salina, Kansas
• Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
• Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
• Mitchell Technical College, Mitchell, South Dakota
• Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Mount Gay, West Virginia
• Yavapai College, Prescott, Arizona

The FAA’s CTI program allows educational institutions to collaborate with the FAA to help students pursue their aviation career goals. The UAS-CTI program recognizes institutions that prepare students for careers involving UAS, commonly referred to as drones. The new schools join 26 schools that have already been selected to participate in the program.

The FAA launched the UAS-CTI program in April 2020. Participating institutions will engage with the FAA, each other, general industry, local governments, law enforcement and regional economic development entities to address labor force needs. UAS-CTI school graduates will have the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a successful career in a UAS-related field. Post-secondary institutions with UAS curriculums seeking recognition as UAS-CTI partners may still apply for this distinction.

The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-254) required the FAA to establish a collegiate training initiative program relating to unmanned aircraft and to establish a process to designate consortia of public, two-year institutions of higher education as community and technical college centers of excellence in small unmanned aircraft system technology training.

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