Commercial drone use keeps climbing, and many companies are looking for candidates with the skills and certifications to take them to the next level.
Central Michigan University is on a trajectory to help students fill that need.
This year, Benjamin Heumann, a faculty member in geography and environmental studies, has designed and taught a new course, Drones: Theory, Application and Society, on regulations for drone use and opportunities for skilled pilots.
"We are doing everything involved in drone operation except the actual flying," he said. "The goal is to prepare students to operate drones in the commercial environment and to think about them more professionally."