Two Kansas-based universities – Kansas Wesleyan University (KWU) and Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus (KSU) – have teamed up to cross their respective emergency management and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) fields of study for students.
According to a news post from KWU, UAS majors at KSU can cross-register and get a minor in emergency management at KWU, and emergency management majors at KWU can cross-register and get a minor in UAS at KSU.
According to Matt Thompson, president and CEO of KWU, this marks the “first collaboration of its kind between state and private universities for such programs.”
“The graduates of these nationally recognized programs will have cross-over training and knowledge that makes them more prepared and, therefore, in higher demand in their career fields,” Thompson continues.
KWU says the partnership will “prepare future emergency managers how to best utilize unmanned aircraft when deploying resources and to understand and analyze the data they collect.”
Michael Most, Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus associate professor and UAS program lead, adds, “Many of our UAS students have ambitions of applying their operations skills in a way that is socially beneficial, and offering the emergency management minor allows them to further their career aspirations while making a contribution to those in need.”
In related news, the state of Kansas recently named its very first director of UAS, who will maintain an office at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus.