Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Announce Over $4.7 Million to Support UAS Program at Northland

Sep 29, 2011 Issues: Education
Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Announce Over $4.7 Million to Support UAS Program at Northland


Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Representative Collin Peterson today announced over $4.7 million for targeted job training and workforce development at Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) in Thief River Falls. Specifically, the grants will support a new degree in Imagery Analysis that will compliment NCTC’s existing Unmanned Aircraft Systems Maintenance Technician program. The grants are part of the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative.

 “I’m proud of the efforts of all those who have worked hard to create the UAS maintenance tech program, and now the Imagery Analysis program,” Peterson said. “With the spinoff companies created by the UAS industry, Northland Community and Technical College is leading the way for students who will graduate with work in an industry that is growing rapidly and creating jobs.”

“Community colleges play a critical role in ensuring our country has a highly-skilled workforce ready for the jobs of tomorrow,” Klobuchar said. “Support like this will help ensure that all Minnesotans have access to the education and job training they need to succeed in a global economy, creating more opportunities in the unmanned aircraft systems industry and other growing fields.”

"Right now, too many Minnesotans are out of work while good-paying jobs across the state go unfilled because applicants lack the necessary skills,” said Sen. Franken. "This funding will give more Minnesotans the training they need to succeed in those jobs now and in the future."

The TAACCCT initiative is designed to support partnerships between community colleges and employers to assist dislocated workers who are changing careers. The program is designed to equip workers with specific skill sets that are in demand by critical industries such as advanced manufacturing, health care, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In addition, the program is designed to collect data on student outcomes, building knowledge about which strategies are most effective at placing graduates in high quality jobs.