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Community College of Beaver County Review


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Community College of Beaver County Review

Posted by: AliyahZLCallen on 01-30-2012
Recently I graduated in December from the ATC Terminal Program. Overall, I would absolutely recommend it to EVERYONE to attend if you have any aspirations of becoming an Air Traffic Controller or Professional Pilot. (or even both) I was thinking about attending a four-year instutition (nothing against that facility,even though I won't name it. It will remain a great opportunity for the future.) I had a contact who advised me to attend CCBC, because of the stellar performance ratings at OKC and for how well the controllers were educated and also how quickly you could get into the workforce--not to mention it would be much cheaper.

Cirriculum: If you want ATC you have two options. Terminal and Enroute. Both are great, however the Terminal side is far more competitive to get into. Enroute is definitely more difficult. That being said, you don't really get into your specified major until your last two semesters. Getting there is no cakewalk, either. There is extensive studying and material to memorize. If you are very lacksadasical in your study habits and work ethic...you will not pass. You have to work for this course and the material is not easy. For some, maybe, but that is rare. The last two semesters are the most fun, yet most challenging at the same time. What's great is that you get actual and simulated experience from the Terminal side of the program. You get to work in an actual tower, controlling actual traffic and it is an absolute thrill. Not mention the fact that you have to get your Private Pilot license as part of the cirriculum. That makes it all more worthwhile.

Price: Prices are wayyy more cost effective than a normal four-year institution. That being said, like any community college, if you are out of state...It can get pricey with fees and a few hidden costs. First, concerning the pilot's license. If you are out of state, expect it to cost you anywhere from 7-10 grand. Maybe more, especially if you are flying through the winter. Also, there are NO dorms. You have to stay in an apartment near enough to commute. That can be pretty expensive as well, depending on what part of Beaver County you stay in. In state students don't really have many problems with price.

Teaching Staff: CCBC has an excellent teaching staff that are all up to date and are amost the best instructors you could find. All of whom are very knowledgable and are always ready and willing to help you. They make it all very entertaining while keeping it educational. There are a fair amount of students who go back to help instruct or teach there later or while waiting to get called out to OKC.

Nearby Activities:....what nearby activities? Unfortunately, there aren't that many unless you are flying. If you are under 21, then your possibilities are definitely more limited. There are quite a few good restaurants around the Aviation Campus area. As far as anything else really goes...you will have to go at least 30 minutes to anything interesting. Most students just tend to stay around the area and find other things to do or visit friends due to this.

Overall, if you want an excellent ATC program, CCBC is definitely the place for you.