Drone Courses at STLCC Offer Hands-On Learning, Industry Insights

By on January 31, 2019
Drone Courses

Drone usage has increased drastically since 2016 when the Federal Aviation Administration allowed the flight of drones below 400 feet with a valid license. The devices are taking flight with engineering, construction and hobbyists nationwide. St. Louis Community College has even used drones to show the progress of the future Center for Nursing and Health Sciences at STLCC-Forest Park building.

STLCC is offering introductory classes on drones through its Continuing Education program. The course is ideal for individuals interested in learning more about how drones operate, the history and manufacture and current uses across varied fields. In 2018 Goldman Sachs reported that global spending on commercial market drones could hover around $100 billion in the next two years, $11.2 billion of that from the construction industry. In addition to usage in the construction industry, drones are being used in agriculture, insurance, journalism industries as well as others that would require remote-controlled work.

Drones are favorable in the construction industry and for photography use because they can get close to buildings, move slowly and hover. “We’re offering an opportunity for students to really explore this technology,” Marie Peters said. “Hobbyists and business professionals alike can benefit from this hands-on classroom experience, which is led by a highly experienced instructor who has been professionally operating commercial drones for well over a decade.”

Although the rules surrounding drone usage are numerous, they provide an easier way to complete tasks that once seemed difficult and expensive. The up-and-coming piece of technology will only see growth in the future. Drone purchases for recreational use are predicted to more than double to 4.3 million in 2020, compared to 1.9 million in 2016.

Join the introduction to drones class in March. For those looking to operate commercial drones, STLCC also offers an FAA Test Prep class beginning in April. Find more information on both classes at stlcc.edu/ce.

About Laura Davis

Laura Davis is a Marketing Communications Coordinator at St. Louis Community College’s Workforce Solution Group, which delivers non-credit continuing education opportunities, corporate training and community services to the St. Louis region.

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