Mohawk Valley Community College is offering a number of courses in the Spring 2017 semester involving Unmanned Aerial Systems, better known as drones. These are non-credit courses, and are not exclusive to MVCC students. The classes are designed to provide cutting-edge information on this emerging technology.

These courses will be available both on-campus, and online. Online courses are offered in partnership with Sinclair Community College's National UAS Training and Certification Center. Here are the following courses available:

UAS in Precision Agriculture - ONLINE
Precision agriculture is a growing industry that can save both time and money for the agricultural community. UAS operations offer the potential of higher crop yield, more precise application of treatments, early detection of crop health issues, and increased revenues. This introductory course reviews the current state and future potential of UAS in precision agriculture. The tuition for this three-week course is $495.

Current State of UAS Standards and Regulations - ONLINE
The regulations and standards affecting the UAS community are in a state of change and modernization. This introductory course reviews today’s UAS regulations and best practices while providing an outlook for anticipated future federal guidance. The tuition for this threee-week course is $495.

UAS for First Responder Leadership - ONLINE
In this introductory course, first responder leaders are provided an overview of UAS technologies, capabilities, regulations, legal responsibilities, and cost and benefit considerations for potential use in law enforcement, fire, rescue, emergency medical, and disaster response applications.  Participants will explore ways to integrate their areas of interest with UAS capabilities through use case scenarios and exercises. The tuition for this five-week course is $650.

UAS/Drones: Flight Basics and Regulations
In this hands-on, introductory course, you will learn the basics of safe flight and the FAA regulations you need to know to get started. You’ll also learn about the endless applications of drone flight, including potential career opportunities and/or exciting applications for hobbyists. We’ll cover all the different options of sUAS styles and each student will receive a quadcopter for flight practice. This class takes place on Saturdays, April 1-8 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the MVCC Utica Campus. Cost is $499.

For information on these classes or to register, you can call (315) 792-5300 or visit mvcc.edu/cced. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.