OU School of Aviation Launches Professional Development Seminar Series

OU School of Aviation Launches Professional Development Seminar Series

Registration is now open for a series of new professional development courses from the OU Extended Campus School of Aviation Studies designed for individuals who work in the aviation industry.

These courses and seminars are taught by subject matter experts with strong industry experience and were developed to better prepare individuals for the growing demands of the aviation, aerospace and defense industry, and to provide executive coaching, mentoring and peer-to-peer networking to ensure professionals excel in key management roles. An official OU Certificate of Completion and CEUs will be granted to individuals who complete courses.

The first courses in the series include:

sUAS Remote Pilot License Test Prep

Thursdays, Oct. 17, 24, 31 and Nov. 7

6 to 10 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires commercial drone operators to pass a computer-based aeronautical knowledge test specific to drone operations. This course serves as an overview covering history, theory of operations and a basic introduction to drone technology and consists of pre-read materials, in-class lectures and a practice exam at the end of the course, all designed to help individuals prepare for the Part 107 exam. Participants will leave the class not only prepared to pass this aeronautical knowledge test, but with a better understanding of safe and professional drone operation.

Registration costs $149 for OU Faculty, Staff and Students and $199 for the general public. This course accepts a maximum of 30 students.

Register – OU Faculty, Staff, Students

Register – Public

Foundations of Business Development

October 25-26

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Whether you have a background in business development or are completely new to your position, this seminar serves as an introductory course designed to increase the awareness of professionals of business development terminology, processes, and strategies specific to the aviation and aerospace field.

The course will include required pre-course assignments, as well as in-class group exercises and discussions designed to help participants better understand the sections of the government request for proposal, identify the components of a comprehensive capture plan and the steps involved in winning government contracts.

Registration for this course ends on Oct. 11. This course accepts a maximum of 25 students. Cost of the course is $500.


Essentials in Leadership and Management for Aviation, Aerospace and Defense Professionals

Nov. 15, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 16, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Designed for mid-level and upper-level professionals who hold a management or leadership position within the aviation, aerospace or defense industries, this course will help participants learn how to leverage their leadership and communication styles to improve the performance of their teams, while developing their critical thinking, decision-making, change management and high-performance leadership skills.

Participants will increase their understanding of the impact of their leadership and communication styles on their employees, as well as their contributions to team assignments in the workplace. This seminar, which includes a required networking dinner, is unique in that participants will receive immediate feedback from subject matter experts for all group exercises and discussions, including real-world case studies.

The cost of this course is $600. This course accepts a maximum of 25 students. Registration ends Nov. 1.



To learn more about these or other upcoming professional development courses offered by the OU Extended Campus School of Aviation Studies, or for more information about registering for a course, contact April at april.e.williams@ou.edu.

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