On Thursday, Niagara County Community College announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) selected its drone operator training program for the unmanned aircraft systems-collegiate training program (UAS-CTI).
“Offering coveted FAA-accredited drone operator training represents a significant step forward in our campus workforce training initiatives. Through this new partnership, the program will be taken to new heights as participants graduate with industry-recognized credentialing embodying the gold-standard in unmanned aviation of tomorrow,” said Karen Kwandrans, Ed.D. AVP, workforce development.
The FAA’s UAS-CTI program recognizes institutions that prepare students for careers in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones. To qualify for the initiative, schools must offer a bachelor’s or associate degree in UAS or a degree with a minor, concentration or certificate in UAS. Schools must provide curriculum covering various aspects of UAS training, including hands-on flight practice, maintenance, uses, applications, privacy concerns, safety, and federal policies concerning UAS.
“Partnering with FAA in unmanned aircraft systems represents the latest in an ongoing effort to position the college at the forefront in aerospace education. We are pleased to be a sole center of excellence in providing this credential for nearly the entire northeastern United States,” said William Murabito, Ph.D., president of Niagara County Community College.
NCCC, founded in 1962, is a two-year institution of higher education accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The institution’s 50 degree and certificate programs are designed to enable its graduates to transfer to four-year degree programs or enter the workforce with skills that will enhance their career opportunities and contribute to the growth of the local economy.