Ranger College offers drone course for small businesses

Ashley Inge
Ranger College in Stephenville.

Ranger College is offering a drone course for small business owners and sole proprietors who have been affected by COVID-19 that will take place from Oct. 15-17 at Ranger College’s Erath County campus in Stephenville.

The drone pilot course is grant-funded and was awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission. The normally $1,150 course is tuition-free for qualifying businesses.

The Drone Piloting Course will provide a comprehensive course to learn the basics of drone operation, and the FAA 107 regulations that guide the industry.

A simple, two-page application is required, and Jennifer Ratajczyk, Ranger College grant coordinator, is available to assist with the completion of the application.

“Drone operations are becoming more prominent and complex,” she said. “This course will provide trainees with invaluable skills and knowledge with regard to the operation and regulations surrounding the drone industry.”

The course will take part in three days – from 5-9 p.m. on Oct. 15, online on Oct. 16 and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 17.

The test cost is covered with the course. The test must be completed and passed within 60 days.

The only required equipment is a smart phone or tablet.

All individuals who complete the course will receive a certification of completion from Ranger College, as well as 2.5 Continuing Education Units.

For more information, contact Ratajczyk at jratajczyk@rangercollege.edu.