Randolph Electric Membership Corporation donates $10,000 in support of NC Public Safety Drone Academy



In support of Montgomery Community College’s (MCC) NC Public Safety Drone Academy, Randolph Electric Membership Corporation (Randolph EMC) donated $10,000 to the community college located in Troy, North Carolina.

The funds will be used to buy software and develop an educational course for REMC’s Utility Based Drone Program. The funds will also be used to allow Randolph EMC line technicians to undergo training with UAS, so that they can obtain their certification to operate the technology.  

“With the college’s close proximity to our headquarters in Asheboro, having the opportunity to partner with MCC in this capacity is extremely beneficial,” says Dennis Mabe, Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Randolph EMC.

“The imaging software being purchased with our donated funds will benefit public safety officials while Randolph EMC evaluates the ways the co-op can utilize its capabilities, as well.”

MCC’s NC Public Safety Drone Academy prepares emergency service personnel to become “effective and well-educated UAV pilots.” The academy’s focus on UAS laws and regulations, and extensive hands-on flight school, will be the foundation of the Utility Based Drone Program that Randolph EMC plans to establish with the college for future training.

“As a local cooperative owned by the members we serve, Randolph EMC truly values the relationship we have with Montgomery Community College,” says Dale Lambert, REMC’s CEO. “We are excited about this collaboration and are looking forward to creating a program that could have the potential to be replicated across the nation.”