Wallington Report: More Colleges To Train Controllers

 - December 1, 2008, 10:54 AM

The FAA has selected eight additional colleges or universities to participate in the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) program. Approved colleges and universities in the program prepare and train students interested in a career as an air traffic controller.

The schools added to the list most recently include: Aims Community College (Colorado); Broward Community College and Jacksonville University (both in Florida); Eastern New Mexico-Roswell (New Mexico); Embry-Riddle Prescott (Arizona); LeTourneau University (Texas); St. Cloud State University (Minnesota); and Tulsa Community College (Oklahoma).

The addition of these facilities to the program increases the number

of CTI schools from 23 to 31. The schools are accredited and offer a non-engineering aviation degree.

“These schools are an excellent jump start for a job in air traffic control,” said acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell. The FAA plans to recruit and hire more than 17,000 new air traffic controllers over the next 10 years. In the past five years, CTI schools have graduated more than 4,000 students from their aviation programs. Three thousand of those graduates were hired by the FAA.