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College to Launch Air Traffic Control Degree in January; Info Session Dec. 8

Atlantic Cape 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 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.

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.

Anyone interested in learning more about this exciting career path should attend the Air Traffic Control degree program information session, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the Walter Edge Theater at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

For more information on the Air Traffic Control degree program, contact James Taggart at (609) 343-4950 or visit www.atlantic.edu/atc.