CS Department News: SRJC Selected for FAA Training Program

Thu, 5/18/2023 - 12:11pm


August 25, 2020

Contact: Donald Laird

Phone: 707-527-4778


SRJC Selected for FAA Training Program

Santa Rosa, CA – Santa Rosa, CA – Today Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) announces the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected its Drone Studies: Commercial Drone Certification Certificate program for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems-Collegiate Training Program or the UAS-CTI.

The FAA’s UAS-CTI program recognizes institutions that prepare students for careers in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones. In order to qualify for the initiative, schools must offer a bachelor’s or associate's degree in UAS or a degree with a minor, concentration, or certificate in UAS. Schools must provide curriculum covering various aspects of UAS training, including hands-on flight practice, maintenance, uses, applications, privacy concerns, safety, and federal policies concerning UAS.

“The FAA’s recognition of our successful drone program reflects the commitment SRJC and the Computer Studies Department have to educating our students about drone rules and regulations and exposing them to opportunities available for drone usage in industry,” said Donald Laird, Computer Studies Department Chair. “By working closely with the FAA, we will be able to help our students be highly prepared to earn their commercial drone pilot certification and find jobs using these skills.”

“I’m proud that SRJC offers innovative training programs that help students enter high-demand career fields,” said SRJC President Frank Chong. “This drone program lets students learn the newest technology and skills while preparing them for professional success.”

SRJC was established in 1918 and has since provided quality education to more than 1.7 million students. SRJC is known for its academic excellence, superb faculty and staff, comprehensive student services, and beautiful facilities. This treasured community institution enrolls approximately 37,000 students annually. SRJC is dedicated to removing barriers to students’ success and making higher education accessible to all.