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Drone Certification Comes to Tarpon Springs Campus

drone in flight

The Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College continues to expand its Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or drone training program. Drone certification training comes to the college’s Tarpon Springs Campus in northern Pinellas County starting in mid-January.

For more information, please call us at (727) 341-4445 or contact Fred Tucker in the Workforce Institute.

UAS Remote Pilot Certificate Prep Course

Where: Tarpon Springs Campus, NU Building, Room 462, 600 E. Klosterman Rd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

When: Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30pm.

How long: 10 total hours

Dates of training: January 17-February 7, 2018 (Class held on 4 consecutive Wednesdays)

Cost: Public Registration: $340.00

Course description: This 4 week course is designed to prepare students to pass the FAA Remote Pilot Certificate exam.  The course will include UAS regulations, flight operations and restrictions, emergency procedures, crew resource management, radio communication procedures, aeronautical decision-making and judgement, and maintenance and pre-flight inspection procedures.  Registration can be completed by going HERE.

Since the program was established in December 2015, there have been over 250 enrollments in various drone classes.  Over 80 students have completed our UAS Remote Pilot Certificate Prep Course since it was launched in August 2016 when the FAA released new regulations.  Last October, a Student UAS Meetup Group was formed and has recently surpassed 130 members.

Career opportunities for students with drone training include business-entrepreneurship, military drone pilot, firefighter, disaster relief, search and rescue, law enforcement, oil and gas operations, border patrol, agriculture, package delivery, forestry, engineering, computer science, real estate, film and photography, and other industries. Learn more about drone certification training today!

For more information on UAS course offerings, please call Fred Tucker at 727-791-2409.

For information on all other training, please visit SPC’s Workforce Institute page or contact us at (727) 341-4445 or

Mentoring for women at Women2STEM

STEM mentoring

The St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus will host a four-week seminar to promote women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This is an exciting opportunity for women to learn more about careers in STEM and receive mentoring from noted professionals in the field.

The college will provide seminars on Saturdays in July from 10 a.m.  – 2 p.m. to promote women in STEM.  Attendees will learn about careers in these in-demand fields and programs that can help them achieve their career goals. To help women with bridging the gap, seminars on student life and money management will be provided to ensure a smooth transition into their new field. There has never been a better time to step up into a new career.

According to the White House Office of Technology Policy, women in STEM careers earn 33 percent more than women in non-STEM jobs. Despite this, women are underrepresented in these fields. Women represent 47 percent of the workforce, but their presence in STEM is as little as 13 percent.

In engineering, women have an opportunity to make the world a better place and a difference in people’s lives every day. Whether it is designing a safer car or making sure a new office building is ready to stand the test of time, their work matters.

Mark your calendar. The seminar starts on July 9 and continues on July 16, 23 and 30 from 10 a.m. –  2 p.m. Read more about the Women2STEM program in the the college news blog.

Have questions? Contact Marcia Martinez at (727) 791-5951.