Thomas Nelson Community College is offering an online course to prepare participants to pass the FAA Remote Pilot Certificate Part 107 exam. The class begins on Monday, March 15th .  The course is fully online. It is not required, but highly suggested that students attend the Zoom meetings on Mondays from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.  The course is 8 weeks in length.   Thomas Nelson has a 100% pass rate for students taking the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification exam after this course.  There is a hands-on flying component to help you develop manual flying and operations skills.  Students will upload videos to demonstrate flying skills required to complete the class.  It is suggested that students buy a relatively inexpensive drone to complete the flying skills (Cheerwing quadcopter, usually less than $50).  The book for the course can be purchased on Amazon. The course is being offered through the Virginia Community College...

The GeoTEd-UAS project team will be featuring our work during the annual National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) PI Conference. To learn more about the project, view a 90-second video overview of the project that will be part of the virtual exhibit. Click here to view the new GeoTEd-UAS project flyer. The Conference is being held virtually October 20-23. GeoTEd-UAS will have an exhibit during the ATE Connects session on October 20. If you are attending the Conference, we encourage you to attend and network with our team. More information about the project will also be provided on October 21 during a Synergy session titled, Advancing Collaborations Within the UAS Community.  ...

Community college faculty, high school teachers, and other community educators in Virginia are invited to submit an application for the 2021-2022 GeoTEd-UAS Institute.  The GeoTEd-UAS Institute  will provide training for educators in the use of geospatial technology and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (AKA ‘drones’, sUAS). Interested and dedicated educators are encouraged to apply. More information including the application can be found here. Applications are due October 31, 2020. ...

Download this press release. Faculty and students at community colleges across the Commonwealth will continue to learn how to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and collect and analyze geospatial data.  The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is leading a statewide partnership to develop the geospatial technology and UAS workforce in Virginia. The new award of $561,977 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program is the fifth award to VSGC and partners targeting the technician workforce in these emerging technologies. VSGC, Germanna Community College (GCC), the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and Virginia Tech are partnering on the Improving Pathways into the Geospatial and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technician Workforce (GeoTEd-UAS) project (NSF# 2000715). GeoTEd-UAS will prepare students for success as geospatial technicians and small UAS (sUAS) operation technicians (sUAS-OT) who will plan and fly sUAS missions and analyze geospatial data to solve problems and answer questions. Dr. Shawn Shields Lyons,...

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Workforce Survey Report With funding support from GO Virginia and in partnership with the Richard Bland College of William & Mary (RBC), the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), Virginia Tech, and the Virginia Unmanned Systems Center at the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) recently conducted an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Workforce Survey to inform future workforce development and education programs to train the UAS workforce. Faculty leaders from the NSF-funded GeoTEd-UAS (NSF DUE# 1601614) project were also partners on the project. Here is a link to the final report. The survey was completed by employers and organization from throughout the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. Richard Bland College's Chief Development Officer Tyler Hart stated, “At Richard Bland College we strive to be industry focused and data driven, the data collected from this survey is invaluable and will shape the development of credentials to help meet the training needs of the region and the state.” VSGC Deputy Director Chris...