NCTC awarded National Science Foundation grant to advance Unmanned Aircraft Systems and geospatial education

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN – Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) announces that the National Science Foundation, Advanced Technological Education (ATE) division has awarded a grant (DUE #1700615) of $599,997 to NCTC in partnership with St. Cloud State University (SCSU) for the advancement of geospatial information technology (GIT) and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) education and training.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports research and education across the US in all fields of engineering and science. According to NSF website (, “Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.”

Jonathan Beck, UAS Instructor and Program Manager at NCTC, said “Amazing opportunities are created when industry and education become partners to advance a skilled workforce. The NSF ATE community fosters these partnerships, leading to engaging technical education.” He added, “NCTC and St. Cloud State University, with the support of the NSF ATE community, are proud to be leading partners in the development of models incorporating these technologies into programs across Minnesota State.”