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Atlantic Cape Community College Receives National Funding, Resources to Expand on Drone Technology Program

drone flying in sky over fieldThis summer, Atlantic Cape Community College received two prestigious grants that will turn it into a resource and lead institution for drone technology in the tri-state area. Few community colleges are awarded such accolades.

In July 2018, Atlantic Cape was awarded a grant of $224,761 from the National Science Foundation for the college’s “Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations and Maintenance Education and Training Project.” This grant’s term is from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021 and will provide funding for advance technician training in the rapidly evolving field of small commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as “drones.” Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Offering a Variety of Aviation Courses This Fall; Drone Information Sessions Being Held Aug. 23 at Cape May County Campus

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a variety of courses this fall that are part of the Aviation Studies Associate in Science degree with the options of becoming a professional pilot or professional helicopter pilot.

Courses include Experiential Flight, Simulated Flight, Aeronautical Knowledge, National Airspace System, Intro/Unmanned Aircraft System, UAS Operation-Multi-Rotor, Private Pilot Helicopter, Remote Sensing Using UAS, Private Pilot, Instrumental Pilot, Instrumental Pilot Helicopter, Commercial Pilot Helicopter, Airplane Flight Instructor, Commercial Pilot, Helicopter Flight Instructor and Multi-Engine Pilot. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape to Host Open House Oct. 15

people standing in large roomAtlantic Cape Community College will provide information for those looking to earn their degree, begin a new career or enhance job skills at an open house, 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15, at the STEM Building of the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet college faculty and learn about degree and career-training programs, take a tour of the new STEM building, and explore the Mays Landing Campus, as well as learn about the enrollment process and financial aid opportunities. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape and ACIT Partner to Meet Needs of Growing Aviation Industry

ACIT and Atlantic Cape Partner to Meet Needs of Growing Aviation Industry
Students Can Earn HS Diploma and College Credits in Aviation Studies

The Atlantic County Institute of Technology (ACIT) will begin preparing high school students for careers in aviation through its new Aviation Studies program located on the Mays Landing campus of Atlantic Cape Community College. The four-year program will start in September 2016, becoming ACIT’s ninth academy program for students in grades 9-12.

Aviation has been identified as a target industry ripe for growth and expansion in Atlantic County based upon resources such as the Federal Aviation Administration’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, the Atlantic City International Airport, and the Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park (ARTP).

“This new aviation studies program complements Atlantic County’s efforts to make the aviation industry a key component of regional economic development as outlined in the 2015 Atlantic County Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan presented by national consultant AngelouEconomics of Austin, Texas,” said County Executive Dennis Levinson.

The trade, transportation and utilities industry is currently ranked third for job growth according to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and is expected to produce 63,4000 new jobs or job placement positions within the state by 2022.

FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta has noted that aviation contributes to a $40 billion a year tourism industry in New Jersey and results in approximately 140,000 jobs. The FAA recently completed an $8 million research center at its Egg Harbor Township facility that will change the way airport runways are built.

ACIT’s Aviation Studies program will address the need of a growing applicant pool. Courses will include aviation studies, aviation weather, ground school, air traffic control and unmanned aerial systems, among others. Students will complete their required high school courses while earning credits leading to an Associate’s degree in Aviation Studies.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to enhance our relationship with Atlantic County Institute of Technology,” said Dr. Otto Hernandez, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Atlantic Cape Community College. “We have anticipated the growth of the aviation industry locally and steadily incorporated aviation-related education using state-of-the-art technology over the last 5 years. We look forward to sharing this training with students in the ACIT Aviation Academy.”

Atlantic Cape Community College offers four aviation-related degrees including Aviation Studies, Professional Pilot Option, Professional Helicopter Pilot Option and Air Traffic Control Terminal.

“Students will have access to the latest aviation technology at Atlantic Cape Community College as well the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in work-based structured learning environments through partnerships with Stockton ARTP, American Aerospace Technologies and industry leaders. Academy of Aviation Studies students will also be connected to their classmates on the ACIT campus as they will be eligible to participate in ACIT clubs, athletics and extracurricular activities,” stated Dr. Philip Guenther, ACIT Superintendent.

Students and parents interested in learning more about this unique opportunity are encouraged to attend one of two information sessions to be held at 6 PM on April 14 and April 28 at the Atlantic County Institute of Technology, 5080 Atlantic Avenue, Mays Landing.

Applications are currently available online at www.acitech.org as well as from eighth grade guidance counselors. Approximately 25-30 students will be accepted into the program each year. For questions about the application process contact Kelly McPherson at (609) 625-2249 or email kmcpherson@acitech.org.

The Aviation Studies program is being funded by a three-year, $600,000 New Jersey Department of Education Vocational School District Partnership Grant. The grant provides competitive funding for county vocational school districts to partner with other school districts and county colleges to expand access and student opportunities in career and technical education for high school students.

Gift Certificates on Sale for Practice Time on College Flight Simulator

Gift certificates for practice time on Atlantic Cape Community College’s flight simulator are available this holiday season. Cost to use the simulator is $90 an hour; pilots must be 18 or older and have the proper U.S. credentials. Additional restrictions apply.

The flight simulator is located at the Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township. For more information, contact Jennie Ayres at ext. 5039 or jayres@atlantic.edu.