WCCD Students, Staff Earn Remote Drone Pilot Licensure - Wallace Community College

WCCD Students, Staff Earn Remote Drone Pilot Licensure

First Student Remote Drone Pilot License

Andrew Arnold was the first WCCD student to pass the FAA Part-107 exam to become a small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Remote Pilot through the Drone Licensing course offered by WCCD’s Criminal Justice program.

Three Wallace Community College-Dothan (WCCD) students and one faculty member have successfully passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part-107 drone pilot licensure exam, earning their licenses as small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Remote Pilots. Students Andrew Arnold, Jeffrey Blackmon and Isaac Vernonthe, along with WCCD Physics and Physical Science instructor Dr. Ann McCarty, all demonstrated exceptional knowledge and skill, resulting in a 100% pass rate to date for students who take the licensing exam through WCCD’s Drone Licensing course.

“We are incredibly proud of Andrew, Jeffrey, Isaac and Dr. McCarty for their hard work and dedication,” said Torrance Laney, FAA 107 Certified Instructor and Criminal Justice faculty. “Their success is a testament to the quality of education and training provided in the course, and we look forward to seeing more students follow in their footsteps.”

Offered by WCCD’s Criminal Justice program, the Drone Licensing course is designed to prepare students to successfully take and pass their the FFA Part-107 exam. The Drone Licensing Course is also available to students outside the Criminal Justice program and equips participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the FAA Part-107 exam and operate drones safely and effectively in a variety of professional settings. Obtaining an FAA Part 107 license allows students to legally operate drones for commercial purposes, opening up career opportunities in fields like aerial photography, surveying, and inspection.

For more information about the Drone Licensing Course, please contact Martha Compton, Associate Dean of Career & Technical @ 334-556-6822.