Drone Training For High School Teachers Now Available


Cloud County Community College’s small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems (sUAS) program will be offering a workshop this summer for high school instructors who will be introducing drones into their curriculum.

This training will help high school teachers introduce drones to their students, and also prepare them to take the Part 107 Remote Pilot Exam.

There will be two phases to the training. Phase one will be online, and must be completed prior to beginning the second phase. The online portion will be worth 24 clock hours. The second phase will be a two-day on-campus flight school workshop. This portion of the workshop will be conducted at Cloud’s Renewable Energy Technology department, on the Concordia campus. Dates for the on-campus flight school are May 30 and 31, or August 5 and 6.

Upon successful completion of both phases, participants will receive an Unmanned Safety Institute Ground School Certificate; a CCCC Flight School Certificate; and professional development hours are also possible.

Workshop instructors will be Cloud’s Certified Unmanned Safety Institute instructors, Monte Poersch and Stacey Baker. Both have Part 107 Remote Pilot licenses.

Early bird registration is $700 per participant, and the deadline is May 10. After May 10, the cost is $750 per participant.

To register for the workshop, contact Laura Leite, Business and Industry coordinator, at, or by phone at 785.243.1435, ext. 374.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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