Willie A. Deese College of Business and Economics

Summer High School Transportation Institute

The Summer High School Transportation Institute (STI) is an enriching educational opportunity for high school juniors and seniors. Since its first STI program in 1993, N.C. A&T’s Transportation Institute has introduced hundreds of high school students to careers and academic pursuits in transportation. Many individuals have gone on to have successful careers with fortune 500 companies and government entities. As the oldest STI program in the nation, N.C. A&T is proud to have earned a reputation for offering an exceptional quality educational experience.

Historically and currently, the demand for people with managerial, technical and STEM skills far exceeds the supply in the transportation field. As a result, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the N.C. A&T Transportation Institute have made recruiting bright young minds to the field a priority in an effort to help build a strong foundation for the future transportation industry workforce.

During the normal five-and-a-half-week STI experience, usually conducted in-person on the N.C. A &T campus, students are exposed to the various modes of transportation, supply chain management, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and personal development activities through classroom instruction, group projects and on-site field trips. 

For example, a typical summer schedule would include classroom lectures by private business and education professionals, local and out-of-town field trips, group projects, SAT preparation, personal development activities, Toastmasters' participation and a college-level English course for credit. STI students are awarded a weekly stipend and certificate of completion.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, N.C. A&T hosted virtual STI programs in the summers of 2020 and 2021. The 2020 STI consisted of three weeks of educational and interactive online activities as well as a variety of guest speakers and on-site virtual tours. Despite some initial reservations and the limitations of being online, the program was considered an overwhelming success by those who participated. The 2021 STI program was held virtually as well, Monday, July 12th through Friday, July 23rd. In the summer of 2022, we hope that the program will be able to resume in person.

You can visit the STI Facebook page to get an idea of program activities from recent past years here. You can watch the winning "Shark Tank Competition" video from 2021 here and view a slideshow detailing activities and participants of the 2021 STI program here. Please check out a collage of images from past programs over the years here

To be eligible to attend the STI, a student must:

  • Be a rising junior or senior with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submit a complete application by the application deadline, including:
1. An official transcript (can be emailed to Carletta Dudley at cedudle1@ncat.edu)
2. Two letters of recommendation: one from a counselor and one from a teacher (can be emailed to cedudle1@ncat.edu), and
3. A 250-word essay describing their interest in attending the STI and how they feel the program might assist them in achieving their educational and career goals. (Students will upload this document using a link located at the end of the online application. 
Applications are available here.