Unmanned Vehicle Systems Program Earns Accreditation

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New UVS program

Gulf Coast State College has received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to offer an Associate in Science in Unmanned Vehicle Systems. GCSC, in partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,  developed the new AS degree program, received approval from the FLDOE and became the first state college in Florida to offer the degree.  SACS is the regional accrediting body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.

The program is focused on land, air and sea vehicles and is designed to prepare students in the use of sensor data and operations of unmanned platforms. After successfully completing the program, they will be able to sit for the “Remote Pilot” airman certificate which will allow them to operate drones commercially. The number of students enrolling in the program is expected to increase in the coming semesters as high school students in Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties participate in dual enrollment courses through the College and as employment opportunities utilizing unmanned systems increase.

 For questions or additional information about the UVS program, please contact Lopez-Baquero at 769.1551, ext. 4012 or