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 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.
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.
Russell Maryland Aviation Education Outreach events.
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.