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Atlantic Cape to Launch Air Traffic Control Degree Program in January

November 4, 2010

 Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a new degree in 2011 for students who have their sights set on a fast-paced, exciting career. The Air Traffic Control (Terminal) Associate in Applied Science degree program prepares students for entry-level jobs as air traffic controllers and employment with federal, private and military services, where trained professionals are in great demand.

The FAA intends to hire and train 15,000 new air traffic controllers over the next decade. Atlantic Cape is the only college in New Jersey and the Philadelphia region offering the training. The median annual wage for air traffic controllers in 2009 was $109,850, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The program provides practical and conceptual knowledge through a mix of coursework and hands-on learning with a simulator at the college’s Mays Landing Campus. Training will cover the application of air traffic control procedures, non-radar/radar air traffic control procedures, and control tower operations training. Atlantic Cape is pursuing FAA Collegiate Training Initiative status.

Students will also become proficient in airspace structure, airport lighting and marking, air traffic regulations, emergency procedures, flight data analysis and other subject areas related to a career as an air traffic controller.

Students who complete the degree program at Atlantic Cape will be prepared to take the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Selection and Training exam, a requirement to continue studies at the FAA’s national training academy in Oklahoma City.

Atlantic Cape will offer the first two classes for the program at its campuses in Mays Landing and Cape May Court House beginning Jan. 18—Introduction to Air Traffic Control and Aviation Weather. Students will pair these classes with general education classes at the college.

Interested students must complete an application to the program and take an assessment test. Graduates of Atlantic Cape’s program must meet the FAA Air Traffic Control standards for employment, and should: be a U.S. citizen; speak English clearly; be younger than 28 years old at the start of the FAA program; pass an aptitude test; be recommended by Atlantic Cape, and other criteria.

For more information on Atlantic Cape’s new Air Traffic Control degree program, contact James Taggart at (609) 343-4950.