Thu, Oct 25, 2007
Nine New Colleges Selected To Train Controllers
The FAA announced Thursday the
number of prospective air traffic controllers is expected to
increase significantly now that nine new colleges and universities
have been selected by the agency to train students to be
There are now 23 schools chosen by the FAA to participate in the
agency’s Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI)
program. The CTI program is part of a broader effort by the agency
to recruit, train and hire controllers as the current workforce
faces retirement. CTI schools are accredited and offer a
non-engineering aviation degree in aviation programs.
"We have a plan in place to make sure the nation’s
airspace system is managed by an appropriate number of highly
motivated, properly trained controllers," said Hank Krakowski,
Chief Operating Office of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization.
"The CTI program is a big part of that plan."
Of the 1,815 new controllers hired in fiscal year 2007 -- a
number exceeding the target set in the agency’s controller
workforce plan --approximately 800 were graduates of CTI schools.
Graduation does not guarantee acceptance to the FAA Academy in
Oklahoma City, but those accepted are allowed to skip the initial,
five-week basic training in air traffic control.
Nine additional schools were chosen after being evaluated in
three areas: organizational foundation and resources, organization
credibility, and curriculum and facilities. They are: Arizona State
University; Community College of Baltimore County (Maryland);
Florida Community College-Jacksonville; Green River Community
College (Washington); Lewis University (Illinois); Kent State
University (Ohio); the Metropolitan State College of Denver
(Colorado); Middle Georgia College, and the University of
The nine schools join fourteen others that renewed their
commitment to the program, which was first established in 1990 at
Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Schools already
offering CTI programs are: Community College of Beaver County
(Pennsylvania); Daniel Webster College (New Hampshire); Dowling
College (New York); Embry-Riddle-Daytona Beach (Florida); Hampton
University (Virginia); Inter-American University of Puerto Rico;
Miami Dade County College (Florida); Middle Tennessee State
University; Minneapolis Community and Technical College
(Minnesota); Mount San Antonio (California); Purdue University
(Indiana); University of Alaska; University of North Dakota, and
Vaughn College of Aeronautics (New York).
The FAA evaluates all CTI programs on a regular basis. The next
evaluation will take place in January.
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