D.C. TransTech Academy Visits PCT
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

On Wednesday, NATCA members from Potomac TRACON (PCT) hosted a group of 37 students and teachers from the TransTech Academy at Cardozo Senior High School, located in Washington, D.C.

The TransTech Academy was started in 1991 as the first transportation studies program for high school students in the D.C. metropolitan area. The mission of the Academy is to provide students with experiences that will instill the values of education, constructive employment, and careers in various modes of the transportation industry, and to link education to the real world, thereby enabling students to successfully adapt to a complex and changing world.

The students began their day at PCT in the training room, where they learned all about the different aspects of air traffic control from veteran NATCA members. The presentation to the students also included details on how everyone in the aviation industry must work together to ensure that the National Airspace System runs smoothly and efficiently 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Next up for the students, was a tour of the PCT Control Room. To say the students were in awe of all of the equipment, as well as everything that was going on around them, would be an understatement. Throughout the presentation and tour the students were engaged and and asked excellent questions, with quite a few expressing interest in ATC as a possible career in the future.

Special thanks to PCT FacRep Matt Sullivan and his members for being such fantastic teachers and hosts to the TransTech students.

This event was sponsored by the Aero Club of Washington, which is a TransTech Academy partner.