GENIUS NY team will offer an FAA course as part of NYS Drone Expo and Race Competition
Syracuse, NY – CenterState CEO, in partnership with Jubilee Homes will offer scholarships for individuals to complete the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 course during the NYS Drone Expo and Race Competition. The event, hosted by the Finger Lakes Drone Racing Club will take place at the new Expo Center at the NYS Fairgrounds on November 17 and 18. The part 107 course is being offered by, GENIUS NY team, SkyOP, on Sunday, November 18.
“These scholarships are part of a broad commitment we have made to lower barriers to entry and provide access to new opportunities for the region’s budding drone industry,” said Robert Simpson, president of CenterState CEO. “As the incredible and rapid growth of the UAS industry creates employment opportunities in Central New York, we must be intentional about making sure residents from throughout the community, including those with non-technical backgrounds as well as those who have been historically underserved, have the opportunity to benefit from this growth.”
“Jubilee Homes is pleased to be involved in this event. Technology is the wave of the future and Central NY is on the cutting edge.” Said Walt Dixie, Executive Director of Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc. “Our organization strives to connect and eliminate barriers to employment opportunities to in-demand job fields in Central NY and this program will help to achieve that goal. Individuals who have had an interest in the tech field will now have a chance to receive training and certifications that will allow them to be completive in for employment opportunities in technology.”
The SkyOP course prepares individuals to take the Part 107 exam also known as the Airman Knowledge Test. The successful completion of this test allows drone pilots to fly unmanned aircraft systems for business purposes, such as environmental monitoring, event photography, and house inspection. Encouraging this certification is critical to developing a talent pool ready to meet the needs of businesses that are part of strengthening the region’s position as a global leader in the unmanned systems industry.
This partnership, which is funded through commitments from the Gifford Foundation and the Central New York Community Foundation, offers up to 10 scholarships to individuals for whom the price of the course is a barrier to participation.
“We are pleased to support a collaboration that lowers a barrier to training for people with an interest in local employment in a contemporary and exciting technical field,” said Dirk Sonneborn, executive director of the Gifford Foundation. “CNY is firmly on the map for the UAS industry and we’re excited about events like these that open up these technologies to the broader community.”
“We are excited to partner with CenterState CEO, Jubilee Homes and the NUAIR Alliance to offer this important scholarship for the Part 107 course,” said Peter Dunn, president and CEO of the Central New York Community Foundation. “It’s increasingly important that we create more onramps to opportunity for the region’s growing UAS industry. Central New York has built a strong global reputation in the industry, now we need to ensure all residents of our community benefit from its potential for economic growth.”
These partners are also working with local schools, community groups, and neighborhood based organizations to drive interest and engagement and connect people to opportunities within the industry, including manufacturing and assembly, software development, and drone piloting.
Applications are due Wednesday, November 14, and can be accessed by connecting with Carolyn Evans- Dean, at firstname.lastname@example.org.