College & Community Relations

First class of Air Traffic Control students graduates from Aims Community College

Submitted on: 05-11-2010

The inaugural class of the Aims Community College Air Traffic Control program consists of eight students who graduated this semester. The students took the Federal Aviation Administration's Air Traffic Selection and Training (ATSAT) exam during their last semester at Aims, and the college is prepared to recommend each of them to the Federal Aviation Administration for hiring in the Air Traffic Control field. The next step for the students is to select their preferred geographic area, and as soon as a position opens there, the students will be invited for a personal interview. If they complete the interview successfully, the students then will go through a physical and a background check before being assigned a start date at Oklahoma City's Air Traffic Control School for further training before being sent to their selected FAA facility. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, entry-level Air Traffic Controllers start out making $45,000 annually, while the overall average salary is $108,000. "Air Traffic Control is a great career and Aims is very proud to be one of only 37 colleges in the nation partnering with the FAA to train these students," said Aims Academic Dean Dan Doherty. "In the short two years Aims has had its FAA-approved College Training Initiative Air Traffic Control program, its growth has been spectacular and the quality of its students superior." For more information about the Aims Community College Air Traffic Control program, contact Les Wilkinson at or (970) 339-6652.

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