Maryland’s First Community College Rolls out UAS Education

Hagerstown Community College (HCC), a two-year, public college based in Hagerstown, Md., is getting into unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) education: Starting in the spring 2017 semester, the college will offer a credit class entitled “Introduction to Drones.”

The class will include a review of Federal Aviation Administration regulations, mechanics, sensors and payloads, and the applications of the technology, the college says. Students will also have the opportunity to fly drones during class.

“The world of drones has sky-rocketed in the last few years,” says Gregory Betz, class instructor. “They have gone from being a hobby to a booming business, and their capabilities continue to grow in a variety of job opportunities. This is just the beginning, and it’s exciting that HCC is now involved in helping people learn this new technology.”

HCC, which was founded back in 1946, describes itself as Maryland’s first community college.

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