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South Hills Announces New Drone Pro-Pilot Flight School

Male flying a drone outside of the South Hills main campus

Chuck Ferrell of Pennsylvania Sky Ops launches a drone for a demonstration on the north lawn of the main campus of South Hills in State College.

South Hills Press Release

STATE COLLEGE -- South Hills School of Business & Technology has announced a new "Drone Pro-Pilot Flight School" Professional Development program to be offered evenings and weekends through the State College main campus this Fall.

"Commercial drone use is in its infancy," says Jeff Stachowski, South Hills Community Outreach Director and Drone Pro-Pilot Flight School Coordinator. "As more businesses identify the need for drone support, pilots with commercial certification and skills in specialty areas like agriculture, engineering, surveying, emergency management, and videography will be in demand. We developed the program with the needs of both the experienced drone pilots and beginners in mind."

South Hills has planned two Drone Pro-Pilot Flight School Information Sessions where interested individuals can:

  • Attend a presentation about the Drone Pro-Pilot Flight School & learn about the first course in the series, FAA Part 107 Certification Course.
  • Meet the Instructor and FAA Certified Drone Pilot, Chuck Ferrell. He is the Founder of Pennsylvania SkyOps, a federally-approved drone services company.
  • View a live flight demonstration (weather permitting).

Drone Pro-Pilot Flight School Instructor, Chuck Ferrell of Pennsylvania Sky Ops


The Information Sessions will be held at South Hills State College Campus located at 480 Waupelani Drive in State College and are scheduled for:

  • September 13th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
  • October 11th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

The program’s first two-week course, FAA Part 107 Certification, is slated to start on September 18th and will help experienced drone pilots prepare for the FAA Part 107 Drone Commercial Pilot Certification Test. This class will also have a “hands-on” flying component which will stress safe piloting practices. Since class size is limited, the certification course will be repeated in October to accommodate demand. Course offerings will be expanded in the future and may include topics such as Advanced Flying Techniques, Agricultural Applications, Mapping & Surveying Techniques, Basic Drone Flying for Beginners, and Sports Flying.

To register to attend an Information Session to get more information about the Drone Pro-Pilot Flight School, please fill out this form or contact:

Jeff Stachowski, Drone Program Coordinator
Phone: 814-234-7755



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Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.