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Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UMS) – Drones Programs

Embark on your journey to become a Commercial Remote Pilot! Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UMS), commonly known as drones, represent one of Virginia’s fastest-growing industry sectors. Our specialized career studies certificates are designed to align with the demands of this dynamic field. Begin your path as a small unmanned aircraft systems flight operator and progressively enhance your education and skills, paving the way for a fulfilling career as a small unmanned aircraft systems flight technician.

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Virginia Space Grant Consortium

virginia space grant logoThe College under the leadership of Dr. Melissa Stange has been awarded an Innovative Project Grant UAS grant from the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) to bring unmanned aircraft systems to students and community.

The College will be hosting a Females Take Flight program to include webinars on Females in STEM and UAS, summer camps for K-12 females for high school girls, 10 grants for female college students to take a drone class (UMS107) during the Fall 2022 semester to prepare to take their Part 107 exam, and an engaging UAS community fair this summer.

The College is excited to have the support of VSGC to bring our UAS program to the College’s service region, along with in several other drone activities. Through Dr. Stange’s participation in the GeoTEd-UAS Institute, she will spend a week in May at Virginia Tech learning more about drones and how to expand the program at the College.

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ec-council partnerOur partnership offers cost-effective, authorized learning resources for enrolled technology students to properly prepare them for EC-Council exams and ultimately their careers after graduation. Students will have the opportunity to achieve industry recognized certifications and compete in free cyber competitions as they complete their degree programs, achieving the ultimate stackable credential lineup to enhance their resume.