Partnership Between Clark State Community College and SelectTech Geospatial Grows


The Clark State Community College and SelectTech Geospatial, LLC partnership to advance collaborative UAS research reached a new milestone with the delivery of two new aircraft and launch system for Clark State’s Precision Agriculture Program. Clark State and SelectTech used a grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education to support the development and purchase of the Ohio developed, sourced, and manufactured technology. SelectTech provide fixed wing and vertical take-off aircraft and associated ground support equipment to allow Clark State to expand their program.  “Hands-on experience forms the foundation of Clark State’s Precision Agriculture Program, and it is vital we have the tools used in the field today,” said Aimee Belanger-Haas, dean of business and applied technologies at Clark State. “The aircraft from SelectTech will give our students the tools they need to explore their chosen field and graduate with the skills the industry demands.”  The state-of-the-art equipment from SelectTech continues a partnership that dates back to the beginnings of the Precision Agriculture program.  “Students need access to the technology they will use after graduation to develop the skills and experience necessary to work in this field,” said Frank Beafore, executive director of the SelectTech Geospatial Advanced Manufacturing Facility.  Beafore added that “specialized sensors will allow students to measure an assortment of variables associated with precision agriculture.”

“We continue to look for ambitious trained technical people to fill our ranks, and I know other industries do also,” said Beafore. “That is our major objective--to work with schools to help grow talent for the future.”

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