Maysville Community and Technical College Selects USI's Drone Curriculum and Certification Program


The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), the world-leader in remote pilot training and certification, announced today that Maysville Community and Technical College will be offering USI’s Small UAS Safety Certification to students attending the Kentucky community college. In addition to the Small UAS Safety Certification™, Maysville will be offering USI’s Commercial Remote Pilot Prep course, which prepares students for the FAA Unmanned Aircraft General exam, and the Visual Line-of-Sight (VSO™) Certification™ Program, which gives student’s hands-on flight training.


“We are honored that Maysville Community and Technical College has selected USI’s award-winning education curriculum and industry certification program designed to help prepare their students for high-skill and high-wage jobs in the emerging drone industry,” said USI President Aaron Greenwald.  “USI applauds Maysville for taking a ‘safety first’ approach to their drone program by implementing USI’s flight safety certification programs.  This partnership also further demonstrates our commitment at USI to offer best-in-class curriculum programs to our education partners around the world,” remarked Greenwald.


Maysville Community and Technical College has been serving the students of Maysville, Kentucky since 1968. In an effort to prepare students for successful transfer to Kentucky four-year colleges or for immediate entrance into fulfilling careers, Maysville offers courses and certification in topics that include aviation, business administration, information technology, culinary arts, and many more.


“We are thrilled to have USI as a partner in this new endeavor”, says Maysville Community & Technical College Chief Workforce Solutions Officer, Brittany Corde. “We recognize that the future of drone-related careers is wide open. The curriculum and certification program that USI provides us is the best choice to ensure that our graduates are prepared to fill that new category in today's workforce.”


To learn more about the career-pathway courses that Maysville Community and Technical College offers, visit their website at


The Small UAS Safety Certification™ is comprised of four courses totaling over 180 hours of instruction. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take USI’s credentialing exam leading to the Small UAS Safety Certification, an industry certification demonstrating expertise in the safe and professional application of remotely piloted aircraft making them highly qualified for careers in the burgeoning industry of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly referred to as “drones.” Students are then enrolled in USI’s Career Pathways Initiative, providing them with a direct link to employers that are looking for professional remote pilots. To date, more than 2,000 students have successfully completed the program which has already been approved by several State Departments of Education.  USI’s program is currently being taught in more than 150 schools across 11 states. USI is in the process of expanding the program into other states across the country and are currently training teachers to facilitate the curriculum for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.


Courses in the curriculum, each earning students three credits, include:

  •  • Unmanned Aircraft – six units of study including robotic aircraft and data links.
  •  • UAS Applications – five units of study including applications, regulations, and operating in the NAS.
  •  • UAS Personnel – three units of study including human factors and aeronautical decision making.
  •  • Safety Management – four units of study including safety policy and safety risk management.


Unmanned Safety Institute offers a total of four courses that have been recommended for college credit by ACE CREDIT. For a complete listing of these courses, please visit the Unmanned Safety Institute’s page on ACE CREDIT National Guide website.



About Unmanned Safety Institute

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) is the industry’s most widely recognized leader in flight safety solutions for individuals, enterprises, and organizations focused on integrating and operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for civil or commercial purposes. The Unmanned Safety Institute, widely recognized as “best-in-class” provides UAS flight safety training and certification to operational standards based on the adoption and modification of time-honored aviation safety practices.  With over 150 instructors and over 4,000 customers around the world, including several Fortune 500 enterprises, USI widely recognized as the global leader in UAS training and certification delivering the most highly-regarded training program of its kind.  USI is the only training and certification organization that is accepted by the FAA, endorsed by major aviation insurance providers, and whose training programs have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education.  Discover more at


About Maysville Community and Technical College

Maysville Community and Technical College is a two-year college that has been serving the region since 1968. As part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, MCTC provides education and training close to where people live and work.



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