In the 1989 FAA Flight Plan for Training, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed testing the concept of off-loading some portion of air traffic control specialist (ATCS) training to colleges and universities. This was the genesis of the program that became known as the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI). The AT-CTI program was initiated as a cost saving effort to defer some of the basic ATCS educational elements to participating colleges and universities. Beginning in 1989, the FAA entered into partnerships with selected post-secondary educational institutions to conduct some portion of ATCS technical training as a demonstration program. The program grew from an original five institutions to a total of 36 participating colleges and universities by 2012. There are currently 30 active AT-CTI participating colleges and universities.
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(2019). A History of the Air Traffic Control Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) Program. 20th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 444-449.