The Orlando, Fla.-based Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), a portfolio company of ARGUS International, has launched a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum focused on drones.
The career and technical education (CTE) workforce development initiative is being launched in conjunction with high schools and colleges throughout the U.S.
The program will provide teacher credentialing and all course materials, including a 400-page academic textbook, to secondary educational institutions.
Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take USI’s credentialing exam leading to the Small UAS Safety Certification, an industry certification demonstrating expertise as a professional remote pilot. In turn, says USI, the certification will make them highly qualified for careers in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry.
USI says it already boasts a network of nearly 100 USI Certified Instructors throughout the U.S. who have already educated thousands of students in its Small UAS Safety Certification.
The new curriculum will comprise four college-equivalent courses totaling over 150 hours of instruction.
“The Unmanned Safety Institute is proud to announce the launch of its national CTE education program supporting teachers and students in secondary education programs across the country,” says Aaron Greenwald, president at USI. “We are honored to have the privilege of supporting education partners in preparing promising young students for high-paying careers in unmanned aviation.”