TNCC DACUM Chart Completed

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) recently completed a DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) panel to establish a DACUM chart for an Unmanned Systems (UMS) Technician. The DACUM establishes the tasks, duties, and tools currently required to be a successful UMS Technician. This UMS Technician DACUM is the first chart of its kind to target technician level positions in the applications and operations of all three domains of UMS (air, land, sea). Facilitated by certified DACUM Facilitator Jennifer Stevens, CEO of Virginia Ed Strategies, the UMS Technician DACUM will guide future community college curriculum and faculty professional development in all 23 of Virginia’s community colleges. The DACUM will also inform high school curriculum and will be shared with educators across the nation. The DACUM was coordinated by TNCC faculty leaders, Cherie Aukland (GeoTEd-UAS Co-PI) and Julie Young (GeoTEd-UAS faculty participant), and was funded in part by a federal U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) award made to TNCC by the Virginia Community College System. The DACUM was also supported in part by the GeoTEd-UAS project, Virginia Space Grant Consortium, and Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment. Two previous DACUM charts were supported by the GeoTEd-UAS project. The GIS Technician DACUM chart (link to it) and the Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Technician (sUAS-OT) DACUM chart have been used to guide the curriculum development and educator training offered through the project. The chart can be viewed here.