Ohio College Dedicates New One-Stop Drone Center

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – A new one-stop center for the design, construction and testing of drones is ready for use at a college in southwest Ohio.

Sinclair Community College held the dedication Monday for its $5 million National Unmanned Aerial Systems Training and Certification Center. The Dayton Daily News reports that the center will provide students with access to 3-D advanced manufacturing, drone simulators, a wind tunnel and improved labs. Sinclair officials say it will give graduates an edge in the job market.

Regional leaders say the renovated 28,000-square foot building will have around 120 drones on-site. The state provided about $4 million for the renovations. The college picked up the remaining $1 million.

A study says the industry would create 2,700 jobs and have a $2.1 billion impact in Ohio by 2025.