Northland Community and Technical College has been awarded a $4.7 million United States of Labor grant. The grant is focused on developing an imagery analyst certificate program as part of Northland’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) program.
“This grant expresses the national importance of the growing remotely piloted aircraft industry (RPA) and confirms Northland’s preeminence in developing and providing UAS maintenance training in this arena,” said Dr. Anne Temte, president of NCTC.
The grant will fund curriculum development, personnel, equipment, supplies and other program development related expenses. James Retka, Northland’s dean of workforce & economic development and the aviation programs, worked with Fox Consulting in Minneapolis to submit the grant earlier in the year. James stated, “This is a fantastic opportunity for Northland to continue to expand its growing expertise in unmanned systems technology.” Retka went on to say “This Department of Labor-Trade Adjustment Act funding will allow Northland to provide high-tech programming to a wider variety of students, including working more closely with our partners in adult basic education, Minnesota Workforce Center network, and Federal Workforce Investment Act programs.”