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Atlantic Cape Community College Selected for FAA Training Program

10/05/2020 | Media Contact: Erin Mercer | 609.343.4923
Professor Jim Taggart leading a drone class.

Atlantic Cape Community College announces the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected its UAS Program for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems-Collegiate Training Initiative program or the UAS-CTI. 


“Since offering our first UAS course in 2014 and beginning our UAS program in 2016, Atlantic Cape has been a leader in UAS education in NJ,” said Tim Cwik, the Department Chair of Aviation Studies at Atlantic Cape. “Qualifying for inclusion in the FAA CTI program will enable us to exchange ideas and connect with other colleges and universities across the country to better prepare our students to enter the rapidly growing UAS job market. We are proud to be the first and only college in NJ to join this Initiative.”


The FAA’s UAS-CTI program recognizes institutions that prepare students for careers in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones. In order to qualify for the initiative, schools must offer a bachelor’s or associates degree in UAS or a degree with a minor, concentration, or certificate in UAS. Schools must provide curriculum covering various aspects of UAS training, including hands-on flight practice, maintenance, uses, applications, privacy concerns, safety, and federal policies concerning UAS. 


Atlantic Cape is at the forefront of this growing industry, especially in New Jersey. The use of drones spans various industries including public safety, traffic management, construction, public works and land surveying, filmmaking, photography, structural inspections, and real estate. As more industries adopt this technology, the need for service and aircraft operators is steadily rising. The college even expanded their UAS offering to include a program that exclusively trains students in the operation and maintenance of the drones, or more formally called small-unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS).