Atlantic Cape Launches Air Traffic Control Degree Program

Students who have their sights set on a fast-paced, exciting career will find it in the College's new Air Traffic Control program. The Board of Trustees approved the new degree offering in January 2010, with classes beginning in Spring 2011.

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Training will cover

  • application of air traffic control procedures
  • non-radar/radar air traffic control procedures
  • control tower operations training
  • airspace structure
  • airport lighting and marking
  • air traffic regulations
  • emergency procedures
  • flight data analysis

The Air Traffic Control (Terminal) Associate in Applied Science degree program will prepare 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 to offer the training. The median annual wage for air traffic controllers in 2009 was $109,850, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

"This is an important program that has the potential to provide high-paying, high-quality jobs for local citizens," Dr. Mora said.

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.

Atlantic Cape is pursuing FAA Collegiate Training Initiative status.

Program Prepares Students for FAA Exam

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Students who complete the Atlantic Cape degree program 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 meet other criteria.

New GIS Degree Option Offered

To meet the increased demand from area business and industry for trained Geographic Information Systems professionals, Atlantic Cape introduced a new GIS option to the Computer Information Systems Associate in Science degree in July, with classes beginning in spring 2011.

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The option provides an introductory sequence of GIS courses with an emphasis on the business applications of GIS, along with the application of geospatial technology to such areas as:

  • route planning
  • remote sensing
  • map-making
  • land use
  • data collection

Students who complete the degree option may transfer to bachelor of science programs.