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South Hills Completes Pro-Pilot sUAV Training Class

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Drone News Item by Paul Wagner

STATE COLLEGE — In March 2018, South Hills completed the second offering of our Drone "Pro-Pilot" Flight School – FAA Part 107 Drone Commercial Pilot Test Prep training class. The 18-hour, intensive training program is one facet of our overall Drone Initiative at the school. Recognizing that drone technology, more correctly called "sUAV Technology" (Small Unmanned Aerial Systems), is becoming more and more pervasive in many aspects of our society, we are creating short course offerings such as Pro Pilot to address current and future needs in our business community.


Drone technology is now being utilized in the fields of Engineering, Defense, Agriculture, Law Enforcement, Information Systems, and the Entertainment Industry. The Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the largest nonprofit advocacy group for the drone industry, reports that, "... in the first three years of [drone] integration more than 70,000 jobs will be created in the United States with an economic impact of more than $13.6 billion. This benefit will grow through 2025 when we foresee more than 100,000 jobs created and economic impact of $82 billion." Download and read the full report here .


In addition to the Pro-Pilot class, South Hills is offering Drones For Teens classes and camps for youth in the 7th through 12th grades. We are also considering fly-for-fun classes and a Commercial Photography/Videography course.


In the coming months, there will be additional opportunities for students enrolled in our specialized associate degree programs to experience the use of drones in their chosen fields of study.



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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.