MECC Hosts Information Meeting on Drone Program Scholarships

Big Stone Gap, Va. – Mountain Empire Community College is hosting an information meeting for those interested in applying for a scholarship to attend unmanned aerial systems, or drone, courses this fall.

MECC, with assistance from a National Science Foundation Grant, is offering free tuition for four classes that make up the core of the future Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Technician Career Studies Certificate.

Classes will be offered Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. Upon completion, students will be prepared to obtain certification as a remote pilot and to utilize drones for business and personal use. Students must register this fall in order to qualify for tuition assistance.

The courses are an excellent resource for regional police, EMS, contractors, realtors, farmers, ranchers, videographers and others seeking to incorporate drone technology into their businesses.

An information session will be held Tuesday, August 15 at 6 p.m. in Phillips-Taylor Hall Room 220. For more information, contact Fred Coeburn, Instructor, at or 276.523.7462.