Manufacturing giant DJI has partnered with the Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), to help train the next generation of drone pilots and expand career opportunities in commercial drones.
The two organizations have announce a partnership to “promote Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) learning in STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) providing students with a path for jobs in the rapidly growing commercial drone industry,” says USI. “The USI STEAM education program is tailored toward high schools and colleges, and provides teacher credentialing, course materials, and drones, supplied by DJI, to educational institutions throughout the United States.”
USI offers drone pilot credentialing in addition to the FAA’s Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate. Students completing at least 155 classroom hours in their program can take an exam to receive a “Small UAS Safety Certification™.” The additional certification is designed to demonstrate a high level of proficiency and expertise in the field.
“The Unmanned Safety Institute is proud to announce this partnership with DJI to support teachers and students in high schools and colleges across the country,” said Aaron Greenwald, President of USI. “Through our partnership, we are combining USI’s award-winning education and certification programs with DJI’s powerful aircraft technology to provide a comprehensive ‘turnkey’ solution for educators that is unmatched anywhere in the world.”
“At DJI we believe that allowing students to work with cutting edge technology like our commercial drone platforms will inspire them and allow them to see potential career opportunities,” said Romeo Durscher, Director of Education at DJI. “This program will provide educators with the tools they need to give students hands-on experiences with technology that is becoming pervasive across a wide variety of industries including construction, agriculture, insurance and emergency services.”
As the commercial drone industry expands, educators focused on STEAM curriculum are including drones at an increasing rate, in the hopes of providing a lucrative career path for young aviation enthusiasts. DJI has been a frequent partner in humanitarian and educational initiatives, part of the company’s mission to promote the drone industry.
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