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Drone program coming to Colorado Northwest Community College

Pilots for Juniper Unmanned demonstrate the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle and LiDar — Light Detection and Ranging — a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges or variable distances to the Earth. The demonstration was held in 2017 at Colorado Northwestern Community College.
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CRAIG — A new drone program has taken flight.

Enrollment is open for an introduction to drones program, which will get underway at Colorado Northwestern Community College on Oct. 15 and ending in Mid-December.

AVT 160 – Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems — is a hybrid class taught in-person and online and is the first of three drone courses the college plans to offer.

Topics to be presented include the planning, regulatory, administrative, and operational processes for UAS and the technologies associated with small, medium, and large unmanned aeronautical vehicles, ground control stations, remote split operations, line-of-site operations, payloads, limitations, emergency procedures, and future implications as related to UAV/UAS in commercial and government settings.

The class is designed for those with an interest in drone operations but is not a class on how to fly or operate drones.

“This is a stepping stone for where we are going with the course,” said CNCC Aviation Technology Program Director David Boles.

Eventually, working through a partnership with Metro State University in Denver, Boles said the college hopes to offer a certification.

“We are working with industry, like Chevron and the National Parks Service, to figure out what they would want in education, then reduce the timeline to be suitable for someone in the corporate world.”

The certificate program is still in development and has not yet been approved.

However, Boles said, the fall introductory class will be followed in about a year by a second class to teach drone operation. He added that a third class will focus on data analysis — one of the more difficult aspects of commercial operations.

Classes will be held at both the Craig and Rangely campuses with the first class meeting 3-5 p.m. and following class times to be decided based on student needs.

In the first class meeting, the instructor will talk with the participants to determine the other in-person meeting dates/times to try and accommodate as many people as possible,” said Meghan Davis, CNCC dean of Career Technical Education in Rangely. Additionally, at the first meeting, a course schedule and syllabi will be given to students to outline when various topics are being taught.”

For more information about the course, call Boles at 970-675-3291 or Davies at 970-675-3239 or email her at Meghan.davis@cncc.edu.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.