Sinclair College and the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) recently announced that they have entered a teaming agreement focusing on the critical emerging market of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The agreement will bring the two organizations together for the purposes of: creating and delivering education relating to the UAS industry, collaborating on UAS research and market studies and seeking innovative sources of funding to support growth in the UAS industry. The agreement is the first between OAI and any community college in the state of Ohio.
"The Ohio Aerospace Institute is a local and national leader in the aerospace industry, and a joint partnership with an organization of their quality is a great opportunity for the college," Sinclair Vice-President of Workforce Development and Corporate Services Deb Norris said. "Sinclair is determined to train the workforce that the emerging UAS industry in Dayton, Ohio will demand. This collaboration has the potential to pay off for the region in a big way."
"Sinclair is a leader in providing national training and education in the UAS industry and is a leading community college in the country," OAI President and CEO Mike Heil said. "We are pleased to partner with a national leader, not only in UAS, but also in improving the workforce of the state of Ohio."
Sinclair and the Ohio Aerospace Institute will leverage one another's strengths to make Ohio more competitive in the emerging UAS industry.
Sinclair has strengths leveraging grant opportunities, having received a greater number of National Science Foundation grants than any other community college in the country. Sinclair also offers innovative training in the field of UAS with both a short-term certificate and customized courses. OAI has proven expertise in aerospace research and workforce development and a strong network of aerospace industry members, to include the UAS industry and supply chain. This partnership will allow Sinclair, OAI and their communities to better compete for UAS jobs and economic development opportunities.