TTI is credited with bringing to the forefront the need in Texas to address aviation education in a university setting through its 2003 report, “Aviation in Higher Education: The Development of a Comprehensive Aviation Management and Commercial Pilot Program in Texas.” TTI research on aviation in the higher education arena during the last decade has led other organizations to further examine educational issues in other regions of the state. TTI’s Summer Transportation Institute has also focused on aviation in an effort to bring attention to aviation educational and career opportunities available to Texas high school students. TTI staff are often called on to speak at aviation conferences and other educational activities around the state.
The North Texas Aviation Education Initiative
The North Texas Aviation Education Initiative was initiated by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) from a widely recognized need for additional aviation workforce regionally and nationally. The goal of the study was to coordinate with regional industry and academic partners to form a complete and thorough aviation academic program in the region. The study addressed the needs at the university, community college, trade school, high school, and junior high levels.
The final reports, background documentation, links to the available regional aviation programs in Texas, and many other resources are available on the NCTCOG aviation website.