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Rose State Launches Microcredential Drone Mapping Program

The sUAS Mapping microcredential is the first-of-its-kind in Oklahoma.

Rose State College recently launched a new microcredential program for Small Unmanned Aerial System drone mapping.

The sUAS Mapping microcredential is the first-of-its-kind in Oklahoma. It provides in-depth instruction for new professionals and amateur drone pilots that want to learn the basics of aerial photography, videography and mapping.

“Rose State’s sUAS Mapping microcredential course provides a great introduction to drone mapping and gives students a hands-on learning experience,” said course instructor Ryan Stoddard in a news release. “We continue to offer programs in demand, giving our students a unique advantage when advancing in their current and future careers.” 

The sUAS mapping microcredential combines an introductory course with two stackable certificates that provide skills-focused professional development and experiential learning activities necessary for the safe, legal operation of drones in various professional applications.

“We hope this effort by Rose State will help increase opportunities for those interested in furthering their knowledge and proficiency with small unmanned aerial systems,” Stoddard said. “Rose State is grateful to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for their support of this microcredential program.”

The two-day class (12 instructional hours) includes classroom and field work on Rose State’s campus. Topics covered while completing the program include safety considerations; preflight planning; operating a drone in manual, semi-autonomous and autonomous flight; airborne photography and videography; selecting and pairing mapping software and drone hardware; photogrammetry basics; planning and monitoring a mapping flight; uploading data for processing and exploring mapped data.

Students who complete the three requirements necessary to earn the sUAS Mapping microcredential could be eligible for reimbursement of the class fee and FAA Part 107 exam fee using OSHRE microcredential scholarship money.

This year, Oklahoma was ranked number one out of all 50 states in readiness for drone commerce via a study by George Mason University Center. To learn more about training programs, visit trainingatrose.com

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