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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 in 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.

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).


UW-Madison to host new Regional Transportation Workforce Center

Madison, Wisconsin.—The US Department of Transportation (US DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has selected the University of Wisconsin-Madison to establish the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center (MTWC) as one of five regional transportation workforce centers in the country.

The MTWC, funded by a $600,000 grant by FHWA, is led by Dr. Teresa Adams. The Center will be instrumental in connecting jobs with transportation needs that contribute to the economy and the region. The scope of the transportation workers in the Midwest is very diverse. These workers—whether they be traffic technicians, logistics workers, commercial drivers, bridge and highway engineers, planners, etc.—who design, build, and maintain our highways, ports, and intermodal facilities have specific skills and therefore require specific training and education.

“The are many challenges facing the transportation sector. In addition to a high rate of retirements and vacancies in this field, emerging technologies, as well as environmental and climate considerations, are changing the knowledge base and skill requirements for future workers,” said Adams. “The Center will take a strategic approach to workforce development by engaging and facilitating partnerships between transportation industry, education, and economic development.”

Dr. Adams currently directs the University’s National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE), a University Transportation Center based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that focuses on multimodal freight systems, infrastructure, and economic competitiveness. “CFIRE has been working with the Midwest states on freight issues for more than 10 years,” said Adams. “The MTWC gives us the opportunity to expand our efforts into workforce development.” The MTWC region includes nine Midwest states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

“We look forward to working with industry, and facilitating partnerships between K-12, and secondary schools, community, technical colleges, universities to align education and industry and to support career pathways for current and future transportation workers.”

The MTWC is one of five regional centers that will collaborate to form a national network of workforce strategies and promising practices—an outcome of the collaboration that has been in the works at the national level at the Departments of Transportation, Labor and Education.

“The University of Wisconsin-Madison has long operated a very successful and highly regarded transportation center,” said Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI 2nd District). “I am very pleased one of the five regional transportation workforce centers will be located at UW-Madison and will further contribute to the University’s excellent record of transportation research.”

Contact: Dr. Teresa Adams (608-890-2310;

Note: versions of this press release are also available via the UW-Madison College of Engineering and at University Communications.