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North Texas Aviation Education Initiative: Development and Implementation

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.  Despite its preeminence in the aviation industry, and the demonstrated need to train additional aviation professionals, the region lacks a public university with an integrated comprehensive four-year college program for students who
would like to pursue an aviation career. 

The new Aviation Careers Website,  showcases Aviation and Aerospace in North Central Texas and helps connect students with aviation programs and schools.  To find aviation and aerospace programs at colleges and universities in North Texas, please visit the Program Search page.

Aviation Careers Website Background

Aviation Careers Website Strategic Plan

Aviation Careers Website Sponsorship Opportunities

Aviation Careers Website

The North Central Texas Council of Governments' North Texas Aviation Education Initiative was awarded
the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) 2013 Major Metro - General Achievement Award.

NARC General Achievement Awards recognize excellence in programs and service of regional councils
and metropolitan planning organizations.

National Association of Regional Councils

Former Dallas Cowboy Three Time Super Bowl Champion Russell Maryland


Russell Maryland Aviation Education Outreach
To help support, coordinate, and establish an integrated and comprehensive aviation education system in North Texas, NCTCOG teamed up with 3X Super Bowl Champion and former Dallas Cowboy, Russell Maryland to promote aviation as a viable career choice at local junior high and high school events.

From December 2011 through December 2012, over 6,000 students participated in
Russell Maryland Aviation Education Outreach events.

Aviation Education Initiative Executive Summary  
Comprehensive Study to create and sustain an aviation and education system that fosters individual aviation careers as well as regional
aviation viability and growth.

Review Existing National and Regional Gap Analyses

Evaluate National and Regional Industry Needs and Supply

Aviation Education Speakers' Bureau
NCTCOG's Aviation Speakers Bureau is a voluntary database of aviation-related
instructors, professionals, experts, and enthusiasts and is a great resource
for educators looking for guest presentations in the classroom.

Click here to request a speaker or to participate as a speaker.

Recommend Regional Aviation Curriculum

Develop Public Outreach Plan

Please see NCTCOG's white paper, The Need for Coordinated Aviation Curriculum Study in North Central Texas, documenting the need for this initiative. This was first documented by a Texas Transportation Institute Report, published in August 2003, and later by NCTCOG’s New Technology and Industry Trends Report (2007).  The goal of this study is to coordinate with regional industry and academic partners to form a complete and thorough aviation academic program in the region.  The study will address the needs at the university, community college, trade school, high school, and junior high levels.

Background Documentation


Aviation Resource Links
Aviation Weather  l  Federal Aviation Administration  l  Texas Department of Transportation, Aviation Division


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  • Ernest Huffman, Principal Transportation Planner
  • Lisa Key, Sr. Administrative Assistant



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