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Miami Dade College’s Eig-Watson School of Aviation to Train Chinese Air Traffic Controllers

Shanghai delegation

Homestead Campus President Dr. Jeanne F. Jacobs and other MDC administrators welcomed a delegation from Shanghai, which visited the campus in February.

Miami, October 6, 2008 - They are experts at maintaining a safe and orderly flow of traffic in the sky. Now, more than two dozen air traffic controllers from the Civil Aviation Administration of China in Shanghai are turning to the renowned Eig-Watson School of Aviation at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Homestead Campus to learn how to pass that knowledge to others.

The first group of Chinese air traffic controllers will arrive on Monday, Oct. 13, with two cohorts following shortly after. Each group, consisting of ten members, will participate in an intensive two-week program to enhance their management and instructional skills. 

 “We are training the trainers,” said Dr. Jeff Thomas, academic dean at the Homestead Campus. “This is a great opportunity to further their management and training techniques.”

Courses will cover supervisory and management principles, analysis of training needs, effective communication methods, strategic planning, motivation, and ethics, among other topics. In addition to classes at the Homestead Campus’ aviation facilities, the groups will receive comprehensive, hands-on education in administration, piloting and air craft maintenance at Miami International Airport and Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport.

Upon completion of training, MDC will host two ceremonies at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7 and Friday, Nov. 21, at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant in Key Biscayne. They will also be treated to a presentation on the history of Miami and a sightseeing tour.

For more information about the Shanghai training program, please contact Dr. Jeff Thomas at 305-237-5101.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist

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