MECC to Offer Class in Drone Technology

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer two college credit courses in drone technology this summer. AVI-195 Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems will cover the principles of building, programming, and flying drones. Students will receive hands-on training in quadcopter design and construction as well as learn to fly both assisted and unassisted FPV (First Person View) quadcopters. The class will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8:45 p.m., June 7 to August 3. AVI-295 Unmanned Aerial Systems Control Stations provides the skills and knowledge to design, construct, and configure portable ground control stations for UAS operation, monitoring, and data acquisition. The course includes topics in software and hardware selection along with UAS Operator/Observer principles and techniques. The course will be held Thursdays evenings from 6 to 8:45 p.m., June 2 to August 3. To register, contact MECC’s Enrollment Service Office at 276.523.7474 or visit