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Media Advisory: UND to host Sen. John Hoeven, who will discuss upcoming FAA program enhancements that accelerate the hiring of air traffic controllers; changes are likely to boost value of UND Air Traffic Management degree

Members of the media are welcome to attend the event in Ryan Hall, Room 119 on Friday, March 1, at 2:00 p.m.

air traffic management control students in class
UND archival image. Photo by Mike Hess.

Who: U.S. Senator John Hoeven and Eric Link, UND provost and vice president of academic affairs

What: Sen. Hoeven will discuss the Federal Aviation Administration’s Enhanced College Training Initiative program to accelerate the hiring of air traffic controllers. Provost Link will offer welcoming remarks and comment on UND’s role in educating the nation’s air traffic controllers. Q and A period will follow the discussion.

When: Friday, March, 1 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: Air Traffic Control Radar lab, Ryan Hall, Room 119, on the UND campus at 4275 University Ave, Grand Forks.

Background: UND is a member of the FAA’s Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) Partnership Program. The partnership is between selected universities and the FAA and is a crucial source of applicants needed to fill open air traffic controller positions in the nation.

Sen. Hoeven, who plays a key role in guiding national aerospace policy, will speak about recent FAA efforts to bolster that program. Referred to as the Enhanced Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program, the FAA is seeking to increase the number of air traffic controllers by allowing participating institutions to offer the same curriculum as the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Students graduating from Enhanced AT-CTI-member universities can immediately begin training at an air traffic tower or other facility, rather than first having to apply to, attend and graduate from the FAA Academy. The graduates still need to pass the Air Traffic Skills Assessment (ATSA) exam and meet medical and security requirements.

Beginning in April, UND will apply to join the Enhanced AT-CTI program, which will strengthen its efforts to contribute to the FAA’s hiring pipeline.

Following the press conference, Sen. Hoeven will tour Air Traffic Management facilities at UND.

Media Contact: Adam Kurtz,, (701) 777-4304