Education Programs & Initiatives
Transportation Institute's Educational Programs and Initiatives
The Dwight David Eisenhower HBCU Transportation Fellowship Program is sponsored by the National Highway Institute of the Federal Highway Administration to award fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines. This program advances the transportation workforce by identifying and preparing students to enter careers in transportation. Recipients of this prestigious award receive payment of in-state tuition and fees for the entire academic year, a generous monthly stipend and a travel allowance to attend the annual Transportation Research Board Meeting in Washington, DC. The application period for the 2014-2015 academic year is closed. Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year will be available in February 2015.
The Summer High School Transportation Institute (STI) is a 5 week program on the A&T campus targeting high performing high school juniors and seniors. The objective is to introduce students to the Transportation/Logistics/Supply Chain profession and encourage them to continue their studies at the college level. Students are introduced to all aspects of transportation; take the freshman writing course, and visit transportation sites including a major port and other transportation facilities in Washington DC. The 2015 STI application will be available in February 2015.
The Southeastern Transportation Center (STC) is a consortium of nine universities in the Southeastern U.S. that have formed a partnership to serve the region as the designated U.S. Department of Transportation Region IV University Transportation Center. With a theme of transportation safety, STC is dedicated to the mission of training professionals to address the transportation needs of the region and nation in the 21st century. STC has an aggressive program of supporting students pursuing transportation degrees. With the goal of attracting future leaders into transportation careers, special emphasis is placed on recruiting top undergraduate and high school students. This is especially important among traditionally underrepresented groups such as women, African Americans, and Native Americans.
The STC undergraduate transportation program at North Carolina A&T State University is a national leader in this effort. Participation includes financial support, research through faculty mentorship and travel to the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting (TRB). The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than 4,500 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to all attendees—policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions.
Undergraduate students are also able to participate in various STC activities along with graduate students. After graduation, students may elect to receive specialized graduate education at an STC institution. STC members include the University of Tennessee as the lead institution along with the University of Kentucky, the University of South Florida, the University of Central Florida, the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama Birmingham, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina A&T State University, and Clemson University.
The NC DOT Summer Internship Program is a partnership with the North Carolina Department of Transportation which offers students an internship opportunity with local transportation entities. The students receive a ten-week paid practical experience. Applications for Summer 2015 Internships will be available in March 2015.
High School Teacher/Counselor Workshops provide an immersion experience designed to inform teachers and counselors regarding all aspects of the transportation, logistics, and supply chain professions and the myriad of employment/professional opportunities available to students. These workshops result in exposing students from rural and undeserved populations to information regarding the employment opportunities in the Transportation/Logistics/Supply Chain profession. Additional follow-up is provided to assist teachers with curriculum development that will infuse transportation and supply chain topics into the existing college preparatory curriculum.Lecture series, site visits, and appropriate conferences and professional meetings are used to introduce undergraduate students to the transportation and supply chain profession.
Seminars and Workshops that are vital to the continued education and professional development of professionals in all areas of transportation/logistics/supply chain activities (public and private) are provided. The availability and delivery of these workforce development activities enhances the probability of increased economic investment by current and potential employers.