Federal Aviation Administration Awards nearly $2.6M in Drone Grants to Universities

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will give nearly $2.6 million in grants to universities for research into drones. The FAA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation, said the universities will comprise the agency’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems(AUS), also known as the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE).

According to the FAA, there are 1.7 million drones in the AUS fleet, which is expected to grow to 2.2 million by 2023. The grants are for enhancing the safe and successful integration of drones into American airspace.

“The research funded by these grants will provide valuable data as the Department leads the way to chart a course for the safe integration of drones into our national airspace,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said. “In addition to providing grants, we are also supporting activities that provide operational experience like the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program, all of which move us more quickly toward full integration.”

The four different grants are provided for specific projects and goals. Grants were distributed to 14 universities across the country, including the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Source: Federal Aviation Administration awards nearly $2.6M in drone grants to universities – Transportation Today

Join the DEED CTE Listserv

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department at the State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) strives to provide Alaska’s CTE community important information in the most selective and efficient way possible, without overloading your in-boxes. The CTE Coordinator’s Listserv is a tool to communicate with the wider CTE community in Alaska. If you or someone within your organization could benefit from this listserv, please subscribe by visiting http://list.state.ak.us/mailman/listinfo/cte_coordinators.

Source: DEED CTE

Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit Unites Early Career Fishermen

The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program presents the eighth Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit in Juneau, Alaska, Jan. 21-23, 2020.

The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program presents the eighth Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit in Juneau, Alaska, Jan. 21-23, 2020. AYFS provides training, information and networking opportunities for commercial fishermen early in their careers.

The summit will focus on building leadership and networking capacity in the Alaska commercial fishing industry during three days of intensive training. The fast-paced program features industry leaders providing insights on fishing business management, the fisheries management process, and the role of Alaska seafood in the global marketplace. This year, the summit is timed to coincide with the start of the Alaska State Legislature regular session in Juneau.

Alaska fishing industry leaders volunteer their time and expertise to mentor the young fishermen, and to teach a range of topics including business management, seafood markets, the fisheries regulatory process and fisheries science.

AYFS is geared for fishermen under 40 or within the first five years of their fishing career, attracting between 50 and 70 participants to each summit.

Registration is open now.

For more information, contact Sunny Rice at sunny.rice@alaska.edu or Julie Matweyou at julie.matweyou@alaska.edu.

Source: Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit unites early career fishermen | UAF news and information

DEED/CTE Announces Two Competitive Grant Opportunities

Postsecondary Grant RFP

Perkins postsecondary grants will deliver high-quality CTE programs focusing on either direct instruction of secondary students in postsecondary coursework or professional development of CTE instructors in one of nine priority workforce areas identified by the Alaska Workforce Investment Board.  Grants will prioritize offering multiple entry and exit points, including stackable courses and/or credentials for maximum participation and effect.

Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), Local Educational Authorities (LEAs) offering postsecondary instruction, technical schools offering postsecondary instruction, and consortia offering postsecondary instruction are eligible to apply.  Grants awards will be between $50,000 and $150,000 per year for up to three (3) years.  For more information, download the RFP here.  Proposals are due to DEED/CTE by 4pm on April 26, 2019.

Non-Traditional Occupations Grant RFP

Non-Traditional Occupations (NTO) grants improve gender equity and representation in targeted occupational fields important to the current and future state economy.  Grants are expected to increase equitable gender participation and facilitate smooth transitions from secondary education, through postsecondary training, and into the workforce.

LEAs and consortia of LEAs are eligible to apply.  Grants awards will be between $20,000 and $30,000 per year for up to three (3) years.  For more information, download the RFP here.  Proposals are due to DEED/CTE by 4pm on April 26, 2019.