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Website Names ULM Drone Program Among Nation's Best

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SuccessfulStudent.org—a resource for students looking to find unique degree programs and career options—ranked the University of Louisiana at Monroe as one of the “15 Best Drone Training Colleges in America.” ULM’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) concentration was ranked in the nation’s top-10.

The group considered each university’s reputation, ability to provide hands-on training in piloting and engineering, variation of course offerings, and accreditation. The rankings were also compiled using student reviews and perspectives.

ULM’s number nine ranking on the list is evidence of the university’s push toward offering degrees in the nation’s fastest-growing fields.

“ULM continues to explore new and unique programs that will provide opportunities for our students and enhance our region,” said ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno. “This is but one example of that vision as we move forward.”

ULM students study the history and design of drones along with the various flight system technologies, remote sensing technologies, applications in agriculture business, biology, and geography.

According to SuccessfulStudent.org, “The commercial and military impact UASs will have in the coming years is very significant, creating more than 100,000 new jobs by 2025 with an economic impact of $82 billion, according to a 2013 report by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International—a group representing 7, 500 individual members and 600 corporations.”

ULM’sUAS concentration began in fall 2013 as part of the aviation degree offering.

ULM has a proud history in Aviation. In 1939, ULM became one of 404 colleges to participate in the Civilian Pilot Training Program to train pilots for World War II. Flight instruction was conducted at Selman Field, and classroom instruction was given on campus.

For more information on the ranking, visit http://successfulstudent.org/15-best-drone-training-colleges/

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