Aviation studies degree advances at ACCC

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MAYS LANDING – Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved a new aviation studies degree when the group met Oct. 25 at the college’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus.

To prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate degree programs in airport management, aviation business administration, professional pilot, air traffic control and air transportation management, the board approved a new associate in science degree in aviation studies.

The program will broaden pathways for careers in aviation beyond air traffic control and enhance opportunities for students to transfer to baccalaureate-level aviation programs, according to Arthur Wexler, vice president of academic affairs. The college is in the process of developing transfer agreements with several East Coast aviation schools, he said.

Students now enrolled in the college’s associate in applied science degree in air traffic control terminal will have the opportunity to transition into the aviation studies program without a loss of credits, or they can pursue a dual degree. For students seeking to become air traffic controllers, the degree will offer another pathway to take the required entry exam for the Federal Aviation Administration training program. The college’s Aviation Studies Advisory Committee supported offering the new degree, Wexler said.

Following board approval, the degree goes to the Commission on Higher Education.  Once that approval is in place, the college will begin publicizing the new program to prospective students with a fall 2012 start date expected.


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