Bergen Community College to offer drone classes

- Steven Cohen teaches engineering technology and mechatronics at Bergen County, New Jersey, technical schools. He believes commercial drone use is still in its infancy.

On Monday, Cohen and Bergen Community College's STEM student union celebrated the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to grant the school clearance to fly drones on campus.

"That ability opens up so many doors for this club," said Carlos Sierra, an architecture major and president of that club. Sierra hopes to work in civil engineering someday and expects his college's FAA exemption to spawn the next generation of drone innovation.

"It promises to be a multi-billion-dollar industry for the next decades," Cohen said.

Bergen Community College anticipates a future in which people fly drones in professional fields outside of photography and the military, positioning those who master this still relatively new technology to revolutionize their professions in the future.

"Things like precision agriculture, vegetation indexing, 3D mapping, search and rescue, first response," Cohen said.

Bergen Community College says it will run corporate training programs and kids camps immediately while it works to develop drone-related coursework.

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