The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is pleased to announce a partnership with Women And Drones. VSGC leads and administers the GeoTEd-UAS project funded by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) program. The project’s mission is to train the future small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) operator technician and geospatial technician workforce. The organizations will work together to engage more women in the field of sUAS and other STEM education and workforce development programs. “We are excited about this amazing partnership with Women and Drones! The ability to leverage their network and engage with industry leaders in the drone industry from across the nation will improve our ability to train the future workforce,” stated Chris Carter, VSGC Deputy Director. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, women currently make up only 28% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering, and math. The common goal between the organizations is...

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...

Are you interested in starting an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drone education program? Are you interested in expanding and training your workforce? If so, check out this upcoming webinar series: Preparing the Drone Workforce....