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GCC checking feasibility of drone program on campus

 

Ian Minielly/Daily Globe

DEAN ERIK Guenard flies a drone after being given the controls by Brian Dawson, drone operator and instructor, Thursday at Gogebic Community College. Guenard was hesitant to take the controls at first, but grasped the concept quickly of how to fly the machine. From the right are Jim Lorenson, GCC president; John Lupino, board chair, and Ryon List, dean of instruction.

By IAN MINIELLY

iminielly@yourdailyglobe.com

IRONWOOD - Gogebic Community College faculty hosted Brian Dawson, a retired Air Force pilot and drone program instructor at Alpena Community College, Thursday.

Dawson and Ryon List, dean of instruction, spent the morning in meetings with school officials to discuss the feasibility of starting a drone licensing program at GCC. List said the drone program at Alpena is part of a Workforce Development program and if instituted at GCC, would be designed to fill needs in the community for drone operators.

Dawson said the machines are mostly self-flying...



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