WEBINAR – The Evolving Surface Transportation Operations and Maintenance Workforce; Challenges and Opportunities

August 18, 2016
1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

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Focusing on the rapid changes in the surface transportation maintenance and operations workforce. Factors such as increasing retirement rates, downsizing staff, recruiting and retaining qualified employees, shifting responsibilities, and expanding the use of advanced technologies are influencing these changes. This webinar will examine two social factors and two groups of potential workers that have not been fully engaged in maintenance and operations career path opportunities.

WEBINAR RECORDING – Transportation: A Natural Vehicle for Integrated STEM Learning

July 20, 2016
12:30 p.m. Central

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Recording Available

Martin Storksdieck, Director of OSU’s Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning
Marcia Ferranto, President and CEO, WTS International
Helen A. Blackman, Director, Office of Organizational Culture and Work Life at Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center
Brett Nicholas, Manager of Community Initiatives at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI)

The webinar explored STEM learning in programs using a transportation lens through informal educational settings. It built off of the findings from the 2015 National Research Council’s report on productive STEM programs in out-of-school settings.

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Careers in Transportation Curriculum Project Develops Pipeline of Students

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The Transportation Careers Curriculum Project provides educators with a series of curriculum units that cover Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) topics.

The goal of the project is to develop a pipeline of talented students who are interested in careers in the transportation field, and the content provided on the site helps prepare teachers to join this effort. Lessons developed deal with a variety of transportation-related subjects, including the planning, management and movement of people, materials, and goods by a variety of means as well as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility management. Read more

Video Encourages Young Women to Pursue Engineering

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For National Women in Engineering Day, consulting engineering firm, W-T, asked engineers to submit a video encouraging young women to pursue engineering. According to their YouTube channel, they “never thought our message would reach so many. Thank you to all who helped contribute. We weren’t able to use everyone’s submission for the sake of timing, but please see our Women in Engineering Day 2016 playlist for full videos and additional submissions.”

Labor Department Provides $50.5 Million in Grants for Apprenticeships

Deadline: September 7, 2016
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The United States Department of Labor recently announced the availability of the ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grants, which provides $50.5 million worth of funding to help states expand and diversify apprenticeship opportunities. Read more

APTA Releases National Transit Curriculum

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APTA has released the National Transit Curriculum, which was developed as a semester-long course by an advisory committee comprised of representatives from public transit agencies, private sector firms, educators and trade associations to increase understanding and awareness of the industry. Individual lessons can be adapted for students of all ages, from K-12 to graduate-level courses, or for use in industry presentations.

For more information, read the article in Passenger Transport.

Online Hub Available for Transportation Education Resources

Clearinghouse launched in May, 2016 provides one-stop-shop for transportation education resources.

Clearinghouse launched in May, 2016 provides one-stop-shop for transportation education resources.

The web-based Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program Clearinghouse provides a consolidated hub of resources, including instructional materials and classroom lesson plans, designed to support, enhance, and promote K-12 STEM and transportation education and outreach nationwide. A one-stop shop for educators, students, parents, and transportation professionals, the clearinghouse is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and spearheaded by Tennessee’s Knox County Schools and the University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research.

The clearinghouse features a wide variety of transportation-themed STEM instructional materials and other resources that are available for download, in most cases, free of charge. The materials were hand-picked and/or created by STEM experts and K-12 educators nationwide.
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Webinar “Developing the Transportation Talent Pipeline” Now Available Online

MTWC’s March 15, 2016 webinar, “Developing the Transportation Talent Pipeline Webinar,” is now available on our website. You may access it by clicking here or going to our Resources Tab.

This event was sponsored by Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Education and Training (ABG20) and the National Network for the Transportation Workforce.

Interested in other Transportation Talent Development Webinars? Check out our sponsor’s websites:

Webinar: Developing the Transportation Talent Pipeline

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
1:00-2:30pm Central (2:00-3:30pm Eastern)

Unfilled jobs hurt the competitive position of our businesses and our nation. This discussion will help leaders from business and industry, economic development, education, and workforce development learn about proven strategies for enhancing employer competitiveness and profitability through improved access to skilled workers. Read more