FHWA Releases Overview of US Job Needs and Priorities

The Federal Highway Administration recently released the Executive Summary and National Overview: US Transportation Job Priorities and Needs report, which provides a high-level overview of the methodology and results of the Job Needs and Priorities research undertaken by the five regional transportation workforce centers that make up the NNTW.

This report discusses the transportation industry, drivers of transportation needs, and the transportation workforce in each region and then describes the key occupations across the five regions and analyzes and categorizes these occupations based on labor market data.

Read the complete summary.

MTWC Director Presents Job Needs and Priorities at 2016 TRB Annual Meeting

The five regional transportation workforce center directors–including MTWC Director Teresa Adams–convened at the 94th annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting in Washington, DC on January 13, 2016 to present the findings of each region’s Job Needs and Priorities Report.

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The presentation began with an overview of the National Network for the Transportation Workforce’s (NNTW) three-phase research methodology used by each center to generate and analyze historic, current, and future occupational estimates for all priority transportation occupations identified. After this overview, each center director gave an individual assessment of their region’s unique characteristics and challenges, top priority occupations, and strategies to address those workforce gaps.

The presentation concluded with a side-by-side analysis of each state’s priority occupations, allowing the viewer to compare and contrast regions’ needs against one another.

MTWC at the 2016 TRB Annual Meeting

Building a National Network for the Transportation Workforce: Job Needs and Priorities by Region
8:00-9:45am on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 
Convention Center, 152B
Sessions #748

The National Network for the Transportation Workforce (NNTW)–which includes the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center–is presenting a session (#748) at the 2016 TRB Annual Meeting. In this session, the NNTW will present findings from Phase I of each regional center’s Job Needs and Priorities Report and elaborate on the transportation workforce landscape at the national and regional levels. A panel comprised of the NNTW regional center directors will discuss data methodologies, use of labor market real-time intelligence, state versus regional priorities, and how occupations analytics are guiding regional center activities. This panel discussion will consider the following questions:

  • What was most revealing about the data at the regional level?
  • What resources did you use to capture both workforce supply and demand at the regional level?
  • What is the impact of these findings for the National Network?
  • What are the next steps in the development of the regional and national workforce profiles?

This session is sponsored by the Standing Committee on Transportation Education and Training (ABG20)

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.

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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.