June 18, 2018
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Washington opens new Center of Excellence in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems

Last week, Washington gained its 11th Center of Excellence (COE), focused on Unmanned and Autonomous Systems (UAS) part of a growing network of industry-focused workforce development efforts through the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

The new COE will focus on drones, unmanned aerial and aircraft systems/vehicles (UAV, UAS), autonomous vehicles, autonomous trailers and tractors, taxis, self-driving cars, flying cars and automated transportation and logistics systems.

The focus of the new COE for UAS is to accomplish the following within the realm of workforce and economic development in the state:

  •  To make connections between industry and educational partners statewide and beyond
  •  To build opportunity in the workforce for jobs in this industry
  •  To work with our state’s community and technical college training programs to ensure the most relevant training and placement for graduates
  •  To communicate about newsworthy events, trends and content within the UAV/UAS industry in Washington and beyond.

“Through 2036, large unmanned aircraft are expected to drive nearly $150 billion in total spending and sustain up to 60,000 R&D, manufacturing, and services jobs annually. The newest COE is perfectly positioned to help promote UAS integration into our state’s economic vitality,” said the new Center of Excellence's executive director, Mary Kaye Bredeson, citing information from an analysis by Avascent and the Aerospace Industries Association.

The new COE for UAS will be co-located in Everett and Sunnyside.

Learn more at www.coeuas.com or follow them on Twitter @coeuaswa.

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