Reviewed by TJL
Posted on 12-29-2009
I am a current Senior in the ATC program at DWC. I also work for the school, in both the flight center, and the IT department. The school, like most, have its advantages and disadvantages, both of which I will get into in a moment. The college is small, with a total of 1200 students, with only (roughly) 600 day students.
The college was recently bought out by ITT ESI (the owners of ITT Tech). This has allowed the college to start major renovations, including new dorms, remodeling the older buildings, and new technology. This has however taken away some of the aspects of a private college I enjoyed, but will allow the college to grow.
I started at the college in the flight program, I finished the private pilot course, and discovered that the pilot life was not for me. At this point I switched majors to ATC and have loved it ever sense.
The ATC department used to be much smaller, with only 2 professors. That was before I started attending the college. There are now 3 full time professors, with 1 adjunct, and 5 additional lab instructors. The full time instructors all have significant experience, such as Denver, Boston Center, and a career military controller. The 5 lab instructors include a retired Boston Tracon controller, a current BCT, a ZBW controller, and a KBOS. All of these instructors have valuable incite into different techniques.
The ATC department has added a new course, before their was 5. The first course is an introduction to ATC, including history and technology. The next course is a tower course (the newest course), which covers basic tower operations. This course uses Academy Tower. The rest of the courses after that center on Terminal, using a custom map (loosely based off of KMHT). The last set of courses (senior year) focus on crew resource management, renamed to Sector Resource Mgmt. With each of the professors experience and knowledge the classes get rather interesting and difficult.
The school does have its disadvantages, it is expensive for instance, and it is located in a small city. Students often complain that there is nothing to do, while Boston is only a 45 minute drive away. Another disadvantages students often complain about is PRICE. DWC is an aviation college, its expensive, get over it. DWC gives its students (on average) a good chunk of change in aid. The tuition is only outrageous if your a flight student (flight costs). The campus is small, with 4 dorms, and about a dozen townhouses. There are 2 academic buildings, a flight center, and the hangar (where all the ATC faculty, and ATC Labs are housed).
So, in short, I have enjoyed the time at DWC. All of the faculty have real world experience, and most are always available to talk. The college has areas it could definitely approve on, but its ATC program is great.