The FAA has tapped nine additional colleges and universities to train students to be air traffic controllers.
There are now 23 schools chosen by the FAA to participate in the 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.
“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, about 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 Oklahoma.
The nine schools join 14 others that renewed their commitments 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).