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For almost 30 years, the International Space University has prepared fans of the final frontier for executive jobs at places like Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic. This October, for the first time, ISU is bringing its weeklong Executive Space Course to Seattle.

The course is designed to give professionals in fields such as marketing, law and business management a quick grounding in the realities of the space business, touching upon science and technology as well as regulation and policy. It’s a condensed version of the graduate-level programs that ISU offers at its main campus in Strasbourg, France.

The Seattle program is due to run from Oct. 3 to 7 at the Museum of Flight, during World Space Week. The course will be taught by ISU faculty and guest lecturers, with an assist from Seattle-area universities and aerospace businesses.

Today’s announcement was timed to coincide with the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace 2016 conference in Seattle this week.

“We are excited to bring our Executive Space Course to Seattle, an emerging hub for commercial space ventures,” the university’s president, Walter Peeters, said in a statement.

Museum of Flight CEO Doug King said he was honored to host the Executive Space Course for the first time in North America. “This is an especially natural next step in Seattle’s growing space industry, following on the heels of so many new space jobs, ventures and conferences here in town,” King said.

Ofer Lapid, a member of the university’s board of trustees, told the crowd at NewSpace 2016 that the course’s participants will be able to tap into a “space mafia” comprising 4,000 alumni and faculty from ISU.

“Once you’re part of the family, we’ll take care of you,” Lapid joked.

ISU is taking applications for the course via an online form. The course fee is $3,500, with a $500 deposit due by Sept. 2. For more information, including the policy on payment and cancellations, check out this overview from ISU.

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