Updated Mon, Jul 7, 2014 1:56 pm
Sinclair Community College recently got news of a $4 million grant from the state to improve its facilities for teaching about drones.
Now Sinclair will team up with Ohio State - offering people who get UAS certificates or associate’s degrees options to complete a degree at OSU in data analytics or geospatial precision agriculture, and OSU students will be able to take classes at Sinclair to earn a certificate or degree.
David Williams, the Dean of Engineering at OSU, said the move is about economic development.
"Sinclair Community College, like most community colleges, is concerned about training the workforce for the jobs that are coming in the future," Williams said. "And here is an area where we believe there’s going to be great growth, not just in the Dayton area but across the nation.
Farming is expected to be the first major field for the expansion of commercial drone use - and Sinclair’s National Center for UAS Training and Education is trying to get ahead of that development. Just for example, drones can be used to monitor fertilizer, pests and standing water more efficiently.