EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane Community College is offering an Unmanned Aerial Systems program for the first time this fall.
Staff with LCC said this is an industry that's growing quickly, and it's applicable to many more fields of work than is commonly known. They said many people assume the skills to use a drone only come in handy if you work in media, but drones are being utilized every day in farming, firefighting, construction and so much more.
“It's still kind of seen as a toy, but there's a lot of applications that it's growing in, and you're going to see larger and larger drones, and that's where we're looking to the larger applications,” said Sean Parrish, Chief Flight Instructor at LCC.
Parrish said in the years to come, drones will start taking on bigger projects like overseeing acres of land and searching for the entirety of a wildfire. It's important for workers to have the skills to operate drones for those projects now.
The new Unmanned Aerial Systems degree and certificate is going to be a two-year program. This comes with an associate of applied science degree, a certificate in aerial photography, and a certificate in geographic information science. You can learn more about the program here.
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