There are currently two drone schools in Michigan offering college level courses: Oakland University, a public university in Rochester, and Northwestern Michigan College, a community college in Traverse City.
Oakland University currently offers a two-course sUAS Remote Pilot Certificate Program which is “designed to provide both basic airman knowledge, hands-on flying skill and preparation to apply and pass the FAA sUAV Remote Pilot Certification Test.” This program is tailored to individuals that will be undertaking sUAS operations on behalf of a company, or for those interested in starting their own drone-related business.
Northwestern Michigan College offers Unmanned Aerial Systems instruction as part of its Aviation and Engineering programs.
Aviation – Unmanned Aerial Systems
“NMC can offer specialized UAS training, aimed at giving you skills to operate a small (under 55 lbs) UAV for many different types of commercial applications. A basic level of aviation knowledge is strongly encouraged. That level of knowledge can be gained by taking a Private Pilot Ground School course either through NMC or another provider.”
NMC also offers an Engineering Technology program. These courses specialize in unmanned aerial systems electronics, hydraulics, programming basics, and robotics. These are skills that incidentally might also make a UAS operator more appealing to an employer.
Michigan State University doesn’t currently offer any drone programs, but their College of Engineering does have a student-run Unmanned Systems Team, which researches, designs, builds, and promotes hands-on learning of autonomous machines.