TCC Trains Air Control Tower Personnel

AIRBORNE ANNOUNCMENT: TCC officials are proud to announce the new air traffic control degree program. From left are TCC President and CEO Tom McKeon, TCC Foundation Executive Commitee Chair Billie Barnett and TCC Director and Chief Flight Instructor Matthew Wise.

DANIEL C. CAMERON for GTR Newspapers

Every day more than 50,000 aircrafts are guided safely through the national airspace system. The Federal Aviation Administration () has selected Tulsa Community College to train future control tower personnel with a new air traffic control degree program. is only the second institution in Oklahoma to offer the training.

“It is a privilege that the has selected to train men and women who are essential to the everyday safety and coordination of the aerospace industry and a variety of aviation fields,” says Dr. Tom McKeon, president and of . “The new air traffic control program will prepare students for a high-pay, high-demand career.”

Those interested can receive an Associate in Applied Science degree in Aviation Sciences Technology, Air Traffic Control (). The degree is designed to provide training in the application of terminal tower and radar approach control procedures related to air traffic control. Curriculum consists of 68 total credit hours within general education, technical specialty, technical support and technical related classes. Upon successful completion of the program students become eligible for recommendation by faculty as candidates for the Air Traffic Control Academy.

According to the ’s Web site, it plans to recruit and hire more than 17,000 new air traffic controllers over the next 10 years. Projections by Workforce Oklahoma suggest demand for air traffic controllers and airfield operation specialists is approximately 98 people per year for the next five years.

For more information on the program, call (918) 595-7000 or go to TulsaCC.

Updated 05-18-2009

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