50th Anniversary

eMedia Courses ‘Take Flight’ at UC Blue Ash College

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Students in the Electronic Media Communications (eMedia) program at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College are learning at a whole new level, with a view from up to 400 feet high, thanks to a generous grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.

The Work-Force Development Grant from Duke totaled $11,015. It provided the funding for the DJI Mavic Pro drone and Canon EOS Mark II Cinema camera that were recently purchased by UC Blue Ash.

“We know this technology can be used in many different applications, including significant storms. Our line crews were able to have a bird’s-eye view of damage on our system last month, during our Hurricane Irma restoration efforts in Florida,” says Warren Walker, Duke Energy Community Relations. “We are happy to help today’s students learn how to use this valuable technology as part of the preparation for their professional careers.”

Students in the eMedia program at UC Blue Ash are beginning to use the drone and camera rig in a variety of courses, including video production, video documentary, multi-cam video, and media journalism.

“This grant gives our students access to state-of-the-art imaging equipment that will enhance their technical skill set and help provide media production resources that professionals are using in the field every day,” says H. Michael Sanders, professor and chair of Electronic Media Communications.

Dave Hubble, eMedia associate professor, completed the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and drone training at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati. The extensive training included classes, three weeks of independent study, and successful completion of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aeronautical Knowledge Test. As an FAA-certified drone pilot, he recently used the drone during its maiden flight to photograph students, faculty, and staff in the shape of the number 50 as part of the college’s 50th Anniversary activities this fall.

“This new and innovative technology is a really valuable asset to incorporate into our curriculum. Our students and faculty are excited about the new ways we can use it to add to the hands-on learning we already provide,” says Hubble.

For more information about the Electronic Media Communications degree and certificate programs, visit http://www.ucblueash.edu/emedia/ or telephone 513-745-5717.

About Olive Wright

Olive Wright is the Communications Intern with the Communications Department at UC Blue Ash College for the 2017-18 academic year. Look forward to seeing Olive's contributions to UCBANOW and www.ucblueash.edu all year long.