Author: Asma Ali
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY (Warren County) – The president of Warren County Community College (WCCC), Dr. Will Austin, goes above and beyond for students. It all started four years ago when Dr. Austin to Paris Island for a week of military training as a way to relate to the veterans who attend the college.
A year later, Dr. Austin decided to take full responsibility for the college’s new drone degree program. He studied everything there was to know about drones, gained the college a reputation of being a leader in New Jersey, and even became an instructor for the program.
In late July, he passed the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Trusted Operator Program test (AUVSI TOP), Level 3 test, which will not only be beneficial for him but for the students of WCCC as well.
“It was an intensive two days of training and testing,” noted Austin “It really expanded my knowledge of drones, from the standpoint of technicalities, flight
Right now, the requirement to fly a commercial drone in the U.S. is that a remote pilot is required to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) knowledge test. The FAA is not based on a person’s skills or abilities.
WCCC officials say that students will benefit from the TOP program as they earn their independent third party certificate, that will validate their knowledge, skills, abilities, and professionalism to prospective employers.
“Absolutely great for our students,” says Dr. Austin.
For more information about WCCC’s drone program, please visit warren.edu