To help increase awareness and interest in these occupations, Public Works Academy offers the Cadet Training Program. This 14-week program gives people the chance to explore the breadth of career options available in public works. It combines classroom instruction with an externship experience for participants. Gorman likens the intensive program to basic training in the military. It provides an overview of all the different fields in public works.
The US Department of Labor and the non-profit, Project Lead The Way (PLTW), have partnered to launch a pilot youth apprenticeship program in engineering. Kicking off this fall in Charleston, SC, the pilot offers two pathways to meet the needs of students with different career goals.
Flying drones and getting paid for it seems like a dream job for some. And, it is quickly becoming an in-demand skill for many occupations including several in the Transportation industry. They are especially valuable in situations where it would be dangerous or difficult for a person to access something. Bridge inspections and visualizing inside small spaces or very high places are common examples where drones are popular tools.
Using a combination of online courses and a comprehensive process for granting credit for prior learning, the nation’s first associate degree in Highway Maintenance Management will soon be available to students across the country.
A major flood event helped demonstrate the value of having a public works team that was cross-trained and certified. In 2009, the city grew a cross-training program into a Registered Apprenticeship, creating the first journeyman program in the nation for field services professionals in public works. It includes street, water line, and wastewater line maintenance.
Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) is teaming up with regional employers to prepare students for the world of work and position them for long-term success in careers in Southwest Ohio.
Game-changing technologies in Transportation are on the way and a stretch of highway in Georgia is proving it with real-world pilot projects. The Ray is a proving ground for regenerative technologies along an 18-mile stretch of I-85, south of Atlanta. According to The Ray’s website, the goal for the highway is to become “net zero,” […]
With benefits like an 88% retention rate for apprentices, a built-in source of high-performing students, and an increasing interest among businesses, more and more community and technical colleges are seeing the value in sponsoring registered apprenticeship programs through the US Department of Labor. By being a program sponsor, the college takes on the responsibility of classroom education as well as all the paperwork, ultimately making it easy for employers to hire apprentices.
In August, the Colorado Department of Transportation unveiled a driverless vehicle designed to protect roadway maintenance crews by putting itself between human workers and any errant vehicles that might cross into the work zone. The new vehicle, called an Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle (AIPV), has special crash-mitigating equipment just like traditional impact protection vehicles, but it also has the benefit of not requiring a member of the work crew to be behind the wheel.
Autonomous vehicles capture the imagination and young people setting out on their career paths and selecting their post-high school educational route have been hearing the rumblings of this phenomenon for their entire lives. Today, those wishing to get into this field have a variety of opportunities to get involved.