Grossmont College to offer free UAS training starting in March



Grossmont College in El Cajon, California has announced that it will offer a comprehensive UAS training program starting in March.

Funded by a $6 million federal America’s Promise grant through the U.S. Department of Labor, the UAS program will be free to anyone who is at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen, as required by the grant.

The noncredit program will be geared towards a variety of groups, including but not limited to, veterans, Native Americans, military spouses, ex-offenders, women, high school students and the unemployed and underemployed.

“Grossmont College has always been at the forefront of workforce training,” says Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh.

“We place great importance on recognizing hot new careers and ensuring that our students have the tools they need to forge ahead.”

Grossmont College’s UAS program will start off by providing UAS Ground School and Part 107 certification classes that students take to become licensed commercial drone pilots.

Through the Part 107 certification school, students will be provided the comprehensive classroom instruction necessary to pass the Part 107 written test, which is administered free to students.

Once students complete the ground school module and have their UAS pilot license, they can then continue in one of the program’s two tracks: UAS Surveying and Mapping or UAS Cinematography.

During the surveying and mapping course, pilots will receive extensive flight time. Those that complete the program will know how to conduct precision mapping missions and data collection for a variety of different industries and operations. 

Meanwhile, the UAS cinematography course covers both basic and advanced cinematography techniques, as the theory and operations of both standard and advanced precision camera shots is combined with operational scenarios.

Grossmont notes that its program will prepare graduates for both contract and salaried jobs.

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