Thief River Falls college teaches how to analyze drone images - KMSP-TV

Minn. college offers certificate, 2-year degree in drone image analysis

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Want to learn more about drones? Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls is offering a program teaching students how to analyze images from unmanned military aircraft.

According to the school's website, it offers a one-year Imagery Analysis certificate and a two-year associate's degree in Geospatial Intelligence Analysis.

School spokesman, Jason Trainer, says they are the first two-year program in the nation to offer them.

The program teaches students how to use a variety of computer systems that could prepare them for work with the military or a future civilian job. They learn complex geospatial computer programs that require math skills. They also hone writing skills and study privacy laws.

Many of the analysts who are currently scrutinizing the images transmitted by drones have received their training in the military.

Additionally, the school also offers a UAS certificate concentrating on maintenance and repair, which it also claims to be the first in the nation.

That course program focuses on unmanned aerial vehicles and ground control stations alike, including understanding how the data links and guidance systems work.

Although drone usage remains controversial, the school says the field of unmanned aerial systems will likely experience exponential growth as drones are adapted for use in agriculture, forest fire management and border control.


Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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