Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Basic Skills, SLOs, Program Competencies

Overview:  Each year managers, recruiters, and trainers from the industry attend the Cypress College Aviation & Travel Careers Advisory Board Meeting to make recommendations about how we can best prepare students for careers in the aviation and travel industries. These industry representatives have identified minimum and preferred requirements for career success. We have categorized these requirements into three main categories:

Basic Skills Assessment (BSA): Do not pass go until you have mastered these five absolute minimum requirements!

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs): Evidence of learning requirements related to the industry’s preferred requirements.

Program Competencies: Skills that you will practice throughout your studies that will make you a more competitive applicant and employee.

Log sheet for tracking your BSA and SLO results. Download here and include in your portfolio:

Basic Skills Assessment (BSA):

The Bare Minimum (no excuses)!

Test yourself. If you aren’t at 90% yet, keep practicing until you achieve at least 90% accuracy. Once you pass the test with a 90%, print a copy for your portfolio.  Answers and explanations are provided to help you practice. For the Testmoz links, enter your name and the passcode 90630. Print a copy of your test results for your portfolio.

  1. BSA 1–Grammar and Punctuation: Top 20 “No Excuses” English Errors
  2. BSA 2–Spelling: Top 100 “No Excuses” Words: Spelling List.doc
  3. BSA 3–Math: Top 20 “No Excuses” Math Equations for ATC Students
  4. BSA 4–Geography: “No Excuses” Geo Quiz (You absolutely must know the continents and oceans!): Test Link
  5. BSA 5–Typing: Need 25 WPM (words per minute) with 90% or better accuracy. Take the free Typing Test

Note: Cypress College also recommends English 60 and Math 15 level minimum competency.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

For each course, students will complete a culminating project or capstone assignment called student learning outcomes (SLOs) that will be documented in the student’s career portfolio.  To view the list of SLOs by course, go to this link and click on the CTE (Career Technical Division) :

SLO l all Sample assessment rubric of career portfolio projects: SLO Career Portfolio – Project Assessment Rubric S10.docx

Program Competencies:

In addition to the above basic skills and student learning outcomes, students will learn and practice industry related skills throughout their studies that will help them become competitive applicants and employees.  We have provided you with Apps to help you practice some of the competencies on your phone.

Flashcards: Free App “QUIZLET”

Flashcards that you might find useful can be accessed on your phone (free) by downloading Quizlet.  Many airlines use this app to train employees as well.  Once you download the free APP, put any of the following into the search engine so you can practice:

  • Cypress College Airport Codes
  • Cypress College Aviation Alphabet
  • Cypress College First Aid
  • Cypress College Regulatory Agencies & Functions
  • Cypress College Terminology
  • Cypress College 24-hour Clock

Additional resources for program competencies:

Airport Codes: Top 100 codes students should know are in bold. Airport Codes – Standards.doc
Cool site for quick information about each airport’s code–might help you remember the code:

Aviation Alphabet: NATO Phonetic Alphabet.docx

Geography: Geography Practice (Practice on this easy website until you know the location of all the continents, oceans, U.S. states, countries in all of the Americas––central, north, and south––and the countries of Europe, Asia, and Africa).


Students will be able to deliver a short announcement or presentation from memory in front of a group:

  • Practice Public Address Announcements
    Evaluation Form: Oral Communication.doc
  • Practice Sentences to Improve Articulation: Articulation Practice.doc
  • Determine Your Oral Rate of Speech Test:  What is your speech rate or words per minute?___

Choose a long passage to read and either record yourself or have someone time you for one minute.

Read as if you were talking to a customer.  In other words, your speech should be conversational, not too fast or slow.  At the end of one minute, stop reading and count the number of words  you read. Try the exercise three times with three different passages to determine your words per minute.  If you’re in the range of 160 to 180 words per minute, you speak at a rate that is comfortable to your customers. Adjust your rate of speech accordingly, or if your rate is too fast, you might try radio advertising as a career!


Students will be able to write business letters, resumes, essays, and reports:

  • Refer to the Writing site for specifics

Technology: Students will be able to use Word, Excel, Power Point, Email (with attachments), CBT (computer based training), and the Internet