Up to $1 million will be invested by a California nonprofit in a learning lab so that high tech drone technology training will be available to students and the public.
At Detroit’s Coleman A. Young International Airport, funding from California based Base 11 will renovate two hangar bays. With a multiyear lease with the city, the space will be converted to a state of the art lab with equipment. Detroit Public School students will take classes there.
In addition, Base 11’s for profit subsidiary, the Aerodrome, will offer training on drones to the general public, at a tuition of $2000 to $14000 for a full range of courses.
Michigan officials have called for more emphasis on career technical training being available. “It’s not just benefiting students. We’re creating the workforce of the future,” said Kevin Smith, former chief of staff to the emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools.