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Midwest Transportation Workforce Summit: Addressing the Future Now!
December 7-8, 2015
Fluno Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

Join the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center (MTWC) in Fall 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin for the Midwest Transportation Workforce Summit.

The MTWC will convene public- and private-sector stakeholders in transportation, education, economic development, and other areas as we continue to work to improve transportation workforce development in the Midwest and across the United States.

Come for one and a half days packed with expert panels, roundtable discussions, and focused presentations that will inform and inspire new workforce development initiatives and innovative partnerships. There will be ample opportunities for networking and collaboration with MTWC staff and your peers.

For more information, visit the Summit page.

Workforce Initiatives in the Midwest

At the MTWC Strategic Advisory Meeting in April 2015, attendees identified a number of possible initiatives for improving transportation workforce development in the Midwest. In the interim, stakeholder groups have continued to discuss and refine these initiatives.

These initiative descriptions will inform discussions about many of these topics at the upcoming Midwest Transportation Workforce Summit, as well as provide a strategic direction for the Center’s ongoing work.

Wittwer to Present at 2015 Wisconsin Tribal Transportation Conference

MTWC consultant Ernie Wittwer will present at the 2015 Wisconsin Tribal Transportation Conference. His session, entitled Midwest Transportation Workforce Center–Addressing the Future Now is scheduled for 3:30-4:14pm on November 4. Wittwer will talk about the MTWC and it’s work, and the upcoming Summit in particular.

For more information see the 2015 Wisconsin Tribal Transportation Conference agenda.


Wolter wins Big Thinker Award

The MTWC congratulates MTWC advisory committee member Kurt Wolter, who recently won the Big Thinker Award that the 2015 Illinois Technology Education Conference.

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Wolter is a technology teacher at the Rochelle Township High School in Rochelle, Illinois. He has developed several lab activities to teach students about the basics of transportation and excite them about transportation as a career.

Showcase Your Project at the MTWC Summit

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Midwest Transportation Workforce Summit: Addressing the Future Now!
December 7-8, 2015

The Summit organizers invite proposals from educators, researchers, practitioners, and organizations to showcase innovative initiatives, projects, or products for transportation career awareness, preparation, or training. Proposals should address at least one of the following areas:

  • Internships, apprenticeships, summer programs, mentorships, and publications
  • Career guidance and advancement
  • Career pathways
  • Competency models and certification

Accepted proposers will be invited to display or demonstrate their project, activity, or initiative. All Summit attendees will have access to the displays during the conference reception on December 7. Showcase presenters will need to register for the conference.

Proposals are due November 10, 2015.

For more information and to apply, visit the Summit page.

MTWC at the 2015 ITEC Conference

MTWC Director Teresa Adams will be presenting at the 2015 Illinois Technology Education Conference (ITEC) on October 16-17 in Normal, Illinois. She’ll talk about building partnerships to develop tomorrow’s transportation workforce on Friday, October 16 at 11am. Come and learn about how the MTWC identifies current transportation workforce initiatives and how we’re working to engage  regionally existing programs to catalyze new partnerships and to communicate programs and best practices to educators, employers, and those on the transportation career pathway.

For more information, visit the 2015 ITEC site.

MTWC at the Indiana Logistics Summit

Are you attending the Indiana Logistics Summit on September 21-22 in Indianapolis? Come visit the MTWC booth in the exhibition area for more information about how we’re working to improve transportation workforce development in the Midwest.

For more information about this event, visit the Indiana Logistics Summit website.


Adams to Present at the 2015 Conference on Freight

MTWC Director Teresa Adams will give a presentation about the MTWC’s current workforce initiatives and talk about the upcoming Midwest Transportation Workforce Summit during a panel session at the 2015 Conference on Freight in Cincinnati, Ohio

The NOW HIRING: DELIVERING TALENT SOLUTIONS will take place on Tuesday, September 15 from 3:10-4:10pm. Dr. Adams will join Daniel Ricciardi (Tri-State Transportation and Logistics Council) and Brian Jaynes (Cincinnati State Technical and Community College) to consider the best practices that companies and institutions are deploying to train, attract, and retain employees in the transportation/supply chain workplace.

For more information, see the agenda for the 2015 Conference on Freight.

Strategic Advisory Meeting Report Available

MTWC SAM Report CoverOn April 21-22, 2015 the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center (MTWC) convened a Strategic Advisory Meeting. This meeting brought together experts and stakeholders in transportation, education, workforce development, and economic development from across the Midwest to identify current and emerging priority occupations and skills of need, to explore regional partnership opportunities, and to develop a plan for engaging the broader transportation community in workforce development.

Meeting attendees and MTWC staff collaborated to identify promising initiatives and potential partnerships for transportation workforce development in the Midwest. The MTWC will use these results to inform its ongoing work, produce a strategic plan for 2015/2016, and to frame the agenda for the Fall 2015 MTWC Regional Workforce Summit.

The report from this meeting is now available.


Fast Forward Features the NNTW

Fast Forward recently published a feature on the National Network for the Transportation Workforce (NNTW), the network of five regional workforce centers that includes the MTWC.

Just last year, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced five newly-established Centers designated to lead and coordinate transportation workforce development efforts in and across each of the country’s five major geographic regions. This was the latest—and perhaps most monumental—move by the FHWA as part of a historic push to enrich and vitalize the U.S. transportation workforce. The Regional Surface Transportation Workforce Development Centers will be one-stop-shops for transportation workforce development in their respective regions, with each Center supplying the people, planning, resources, and coordination necessary to address priorities unique to its region; together, the Centers will work as a coordinated, national network to achieve workforce-related objectives that impact the country as a whole.

Read the entire article.

About the NNTW

The MTWC is led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The other centers are led by Montana State University (West), California State University, Long Beach (Southwest), University of Vermont (Northeast), and The University of Memphis (Southeast).