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Sinclair Community College and Ohio State University Team Up on Drone Program

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 10:21 AM

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Sinclair Community College in Dayton has announced a partnership with Ohio State on its unmanned aerial system -- or drone -- program. From OPR member station WYSO, Lewis Wallace reports.

Sinclair recently got news of a $4 million grant from the state to improve its facilities for teaching about drones.

Now Sinclair will team up with Ohio State, offering people who get UAS certificates or associate’s degrees the option to complete a degree at OSU in data analytics or geospatial precision agriculture. Conversely, OSU students will be able to take classes at Sinclair to earn a certificate or degree.

Farming is expected to be the first major area for the expansion of commercial drone use, and Sinclair’s National Center for UAS Training and Education is trying to get ahead of that development. Drones can be used to monitor fertilizer needs, pests and standing water more efficiently than people or larger aircraft.

The college also recently announced a partnership with Southern State University, which has a strong agriculture program.

The Ohio State partnership will be officially announced in Dayton this morning.

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