Midwest Colleges Form New UAS Partnership

Southeast Missouri State University is partnering with Ohio-based Sinclair Community College on aerospace and related technologies, including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) initiatives in the areas of education, workforce training and development, and applied research.

The partners will explore opportunities to develop pathways from Sinclair’s existing drone and other technical academic certificates and degree programs of study into Southeast’s programs of study.

Southeast and Sinclair also will focus on broadening the outreach of UAS online education and training by leveraging Sinclair’s existing online infrastructure and capabilities focused on workforce development and custom training.

In addition to the college’s UAS certificate and degree programs, Sinclair offers a range of online and hybrid custom training courses with focuses including media, first response, precision agriculture, geospatial information and infrastructure, current regulations and laws, and concepts of operation. Sinclair will partner to provide enrollment opportunities for these courses through Southeast and beyond.

Under the agreement, Southeast and Sinclair will also explore opportunities to collect data from UAS flights, simulations and other activities that could support either institution’s individual or joint training, education or research initiatives.

“We are pleased and excited to partner with Sinclair Community College through its National UAS Training and Certification Center on this agreement,” says Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University. “The agreement reflects the interests of our institutions to better meet the higher education needs of students across the Midwest region on UAS technologies and underscores our commitment to provide innovative academics that launch extraordinary careers.”

Dr. Jim Peterson, assistant professor in Southeast’s Department of Polytechnic Studies, notes that the partnership is a “win-win opportunity for students across the region.”

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