December 16, 2019 / Vincennes University to offer drone training
course to public
VINCENNES, Ind. – As the use of drones continues to grow, Vincennes
University will offer a drone certification course open to the public
The Federal Aviation Administration requires commercial drone
operators to have a Remote Pilot Certificate. Having a drone license
also can make individuals more marketable to employers.
VU’s five-week course is open to the public and VU students. It will
help operators prepare for the 107 Unmanned Aircraft General - Small
test to become a FAA-certified drone pilot. VU’s course will teach the
regulations of drone usage, and address safety and liability.
“There are a lot of people using drones,” VU Agribusiness Program
Chair Susan Brocksmith said. “Legally, everyone who flies a drone on a
farm to make management decisions has to have their drone
certification. It also covers firemen, policemen, photographers, real
estate, surveyors, and movie makers to name a few.”
AGBS 187 is a Special Instruction one-credit hour course. Classes
will be on Wednesday evenings from Jan. 15 to Feb. 12 at VU’s new
Agricultural Center, along U.S. 41 at 4207 N. Purdue Road. The cost of
the class is $195 plus book.
Students who wish to enroll in the class and not earn a certificate
or degree from VU can submit a simple non-degree seeking form. The
form is available at https://www.vinu.edu/web/admissions/apply
and should be submitted to the VU Admissions Office.
VU also will offer a three-credit hour course, AGBS 240, to students
only. The course examines drones and unmanned aircraft systems in both
private and commercial settings. Students will learn the rules and
regulations of owning and flying drones and unmanned aircraft systems,
and will receive information to help them pass the FAA 107 UAS license
examination. They’ll also learn how to incorporate drones into their
business ventures through scientific and popular literature, case
studies, discussion, and learning opportunities.
Agribusiness Program Chair
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY - Indiana’s First College
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the
Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in
Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers,
and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education
Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in
Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing
and Logistics in Fort Branch. A leader in developing Early Colleges
statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and
certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in
technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs
in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 36 other states, and 21
other countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana
campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only
college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become
President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S.
President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana
Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.
Vincennes University Newsroom
MARCIA MARTINEZ, University Life Reporter & Sports
812-888-4164 office, 314-599-1519 cell,
Department of University Relations, www.vinu.edu/newsroom