Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), the world-leader in remote pilot training and certification, announced today that Bellevue University will be offering a number of USI’s drone training courses to learners enrolled in the University’s College of Continuing and Professional Education. Courses to be offered include USI’s FAA Part 107 Prep, sUAS Safety Ground School, and Small UAS Safety Certification.
“The Unmanned Safety Institute is thrilled to announce our partnership with Bellevue University and offer our award-winning drone programs to students and adult learners,” remarked USI President Aaron Greenwald. “This partnership further demonstrates our commitment to expanding our high-quality education programs throughout the United States in partnership with world-renowned educational institutions like Bellevue.”
Bellevue University is regularly ranked among the nation’s top military-friendly and open access institutions. Dedicated to providing students with the career-relevant knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly competitive world, Bellevue University has graduated more than 50,000 students since its inception in 1966.
“By partnering with the Unmanned Safety Institute, our learners can prepare themselves for career success in the emerging unmanned aircraft systems industry,” said Dr. Michelle Eppler, Associate Vice President and Dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Education. “We respect the value of the USI coursework and look forward to helping learners examine emerging career paths and build on their educational goals.” In the future, Dr. Eppler will be collaborating with various University programs to expand this education into the University’s credit-bearing courses and degree programs.
The FAA Part 107 Preparatory and sUAS Safety Ground School courses are self-paced and delivered online. Designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the aeronautical knowledge required of remote pilots, students that successfully complete the courses are well prepared to pass the FAA Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) examination and operate as safe and professional remote pilots.
The Small UAS Safety Certification™ is comprised of four courses totaling over 180 hours of instruction. 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 in the safe and professional application of remotely piloted aircraft making them highly qualified for careers in the burgeoning industry of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly referred to as “drones.” Students are then enrolled in USI’s Career Pathways Initiative, providing them with a direct link to employers that are looking for professional remote pilots. To date, more than 2,000 students have successfully completed the program which has already been approved by several State Departments of Education. USI’s program is currently being taught in more than 150 schools across 11 states. USI is in the process of expanding the program into other states across the country and are currently training teachers to facilitate the curriculum for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.
Courses in the STEM curriculum, each earning students three credits, include:
- •Unmanned Aircraft – six units of study including robotic aircraft and data links.
- •UAS Applications – five units of study including applications, regulations, and operating in the NAS.
- •UAS Personnel – three units of study including human factors and aeronautical decision making.
- •Safety Management – four units of study including safety policy and safety risk management.
Unmanned Safety Institute offers a total of four courses that have been recommended for college credit by ACE CREDIT. For a complete listing of these courses, please visit the Unmanned Safety Institute’s page on ACE CREDIT National Guide website.
About Unmanned Safety Institute
The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) is the industry’s most widely recognized leader in flight safety solutions for individuals, enterprises, and organizations focused on integrating and operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for civil or commercial purposes. The Unmanned Safety Institute, widely recognized as “best-in-class” provides UAS flight safety training and certification to operational standards based on the adoption and modification of time-honored aviation safety practices. With over 100 instructors and over 3,000 customers around the world, including several Fortune 500 enterprises, USI widely recognized as the global leader in UAS training and certification delivering the most highly-regarded training program of its kind. USI is the only training and certification organization that is accepted by the FAA, endorsed by major aviation insurance providers, and whose training programs have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education. Discover more at www.UnmannedSafetyInstitute.org.
About Bellevue University
Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit, fully accredited university with more than 50,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military-friendly and open access institutions, the University serves students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission through the U.S. Department of Education.
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