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Morningside approves drone plan

By Staff | Jul 31, 2015

By JOLENE STEVENS

grovecorner@aol.com

SIOUX CITY – Morningside College’s drone curriculum is ready to fly.

Rich Crow, Morningside’s director of applied ag/food studies, said a pilot program will begin with the college’s fall courses.

Students to be enrolled will be from Whiting Senior High School, in Whiting, in Monona County. Students will receive four hours college credit for their participation.

“Course enrollment is not limited, however, to these students at this time,” Crow said. “We’re welcoming inquiries from other Siouxland students as well as interested individuals within the community.”

Law enforcement and fire rescue personnel as well as individuals in the ag industrial sector are expected to be interested in the curriculum he said.

Course graduates will receive the required Federal Aviation Administration drone operation certification and licence approval necessary for flying the drones through the assistance of personnel at Martin Flying Service, South Sioux City, Nebraska, Crow said.

Approval for the program was given July 20, following a meeting between Morningside and Whiting school officials with additional details and budgeting agreements currently being finalized, Crow said.

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