Jump starting air traffic controllers
Saturday, November 1, 2008
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has chosen St. Cloud State as one of 31 schools across the nation to participate in its Air Traffic Collegiate Training (CTI) program, which trains students interested in careers in air traffic control.
Three-fourths of the 4,000 students who graduated from CTI programs during the last five years were hired by the FAA, which plans to recruit and hire more than 17,000 new air traffic controllers over the next 10 years.
St. Cloud State and Minneapolis Community and Technical College are the only two Minnesota schools among the 31 chosen to participate.
"These schools are an excellent jump start for a job in air traffic control," according to Robert A. Sturgell, acting administrator of the FAA. Graduation from an aviation program like St. Cloud State’s 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.