Magazine article Techniques

University of Alaska at Anchorage

Magazine article Techniques

University of Alaska at Anchorage

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NOT ONLY HAS THE ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (ACTE) recognized the aviation program at the University of Alaska at Anchorage (UAA) on its Promising Practices and Programs Web page, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also has designated it as one of 36 approved Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) schools.

In citing the program, ACTE noted that UAA and the Anchorage School District share faculty and a facility at Merrill Field, which is one of the busiest small airports in the world. High school students can earn credit for the Introduction to Aviation Technology course that is required for both the Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Professional Piloting degrees.

The educational pathways include: high school courses in which students earn college credit through tech prep; two-year certificates in airframe and pow-erplant aviation maintenance technology; an associate of applied science degree in air traffic control, professional piloting or aviation administration; or a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in aviation technology with an emphasis in air traffic control, aviation management or professional piloting.

In the UAA's ATC program, the areas of study include aviation weather, radar environment and air traffic regulations. With only four to eight students in each lab session, the students receive a high level of individual attention. UAA has one of only a handful of 360-degree tower simulators in the world, and according to the university, using its state-of-the-art simulation equipment in terminal, en route radar control, and tower operations enables students to master their air traffic control skill set prior to attending the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, and prepares them for employment in air traffic control careers. UAA cites a 99 percent success rate of its students for FAA Academy completion.

The two-year Air Traffic Control Associate of Applied Science degree requires 60 credits, 15 of which also meet associate of science general degree requirements. …

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