Unmanned Safety Institute Brings UAS Workforce Development to Michigan

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), a provider of educational curriculum and industry certifications to students interested in a career as professional drone pilots, has announced a new high school/college pathway partnership in Michigan between Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) and Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District (Char-Em ISD).

In June, NMC signed an articulation agreement awarding three college credits to any student who completes USI’s Small UAS Safety Certification program, which has now been adopted by Char-Em ISD.

High school students that participate in the program through Char-Em ISD and obtain the industry certification can continue to NMC’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) degree program with articulated credit. USI’s program includes a complete turnkey curriculum package with a 400-page academic textbook, instructor aids and course content packaged in USI’s digital learning management system.

“The unmanned systems industry is in its infancy, and new opportunities are emerging every day,” notes Alex Bloye, aviation division director of NMC. “With Char-Em and USI, NMC is proud to be at the forefront, preparing area students for what are sure to be very rewarding careers.”

“USI commends Char-Em ISD for their forward thinking and commitment to prepare students to enter a STEM career field,” says Josh Olds, vice president of operations at USI, which is a subsidiary of ARGUS International. “Relevant, applicable and practical STEM education is vital to preparing a knowledgeable, skilled and professional workforce. USI is committed to providing industry-relevant content and establishing the knowledge standard for professional and safety-focused remote pilots. We are honored to welcome Northwestern Michigan College and Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District into our network of educational partners.”


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