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John Collura TWD - June 8 2010 10:45AM

  1. 1. TWD TRANSPORTATION WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: A UNIVERSITY-BASED APPROACH TO SUPPORTING A NATIONAL STRATEGY JUNE 8, 2010 Robert Plymale, Rahall Transportation Institute John Collura, University of Massachusetts June 8, 2010
  2. 2. Agenda g • UTC TWD Roles and Regional TWD Summits …….John Collura • DOT RITA TWD Update …………………………..Curt Tompkins • A N ti l TWD St t National Strategy ………………………Lydia M L di Mercado d • A National TWD Summit/Group Discussion....................Diana Long • Summary and Next Steps…………………………John Collura
  3. 3. Why focus on workforce development? y p UTCs are in unique position: •I l Implementing i ti innovations th ti through research h h • Attracting next generation into the industry • Developing the KSAs of next generation and current professionals and technicians
  4. 4. UTC Roles • Research (basic & applied and some on TWD issues) • Technology Transfer (Implement research results) • Ed Education (d i (degree, certificate) ifi ) • Training (CEUs and PDHs) • Information Dissemination/Technical Assistance / •Collaboration (CE and EE Dept, SCs, Pro Org/Assoc)
  5. 5. Regional Summits – 2009 g North Dakota State University September 10, Fargo, ND PRIMARY FOCUS • Public transportation Identified solutions to workforce development issues Developed action plans p p Took ideas back and implemented them in order to “make a difference” RESULTS • Improved perspective and understanding among participants of Industry image Worker retention Higher education Internships
  6. 6. Regional Summits – 2010 g University of Vermont January 27-30, St. Petersburg, FL PRIMARY FOCUS • Workforce Development Institute of AACC • Forum on Transportation Workforce RESULTS • Engagement with key workforce leaders in community colleges • Identification of next steps for community college involvement in transportation workforce development
  7. 7. Regional Summits – 2010 g METRANS/MTI Cal State Long Beach February 1-2, Long Beach, CA PRIMARY FOCUS • Explored the role of universities and other educational institutions as partners in transportation workforce development RESULTS • Highlighted effective programs and best practices • Focused on gaps between community colleges and four- year universities
  8. 8. Regional Summits – 2010 g Pennsylvania State University April 21-22, University Park, PA PRIMARY FOCUS • Civil engineering, K-12, education, industry, recruitment, training, retention, economic and workforce development RESULTS • Id ifi d common elements across various modes that Identified l i d h make the transportation professional • Developed a broader perspective of how to educate people in transportation
  9. 9. Regional Summits – 2010 g Midwest Transp. Consortium/Iowa State Univ. Transp Univ April 27-28, Ames, IA PRIMARY FOCUS M OCUS •Educational and training needs of the transportation workforce of the future (years 2030 to 2050); focus on women and other underrepresented population segments • Identified strategies to address these needs across various career paths RESULTS • Identified needs opportunities, challenges, and examples of needs, opportunities challenges best practices for attracting, educating, training, and retaining a diverse and effective workforce
  10. 10. Regional Summits – 2010 g University of Denver April 29-30, Denver, CO PRIMARY FOCUS •State DOT, Intermodal education, women, private industry (trucking, rail, consulting) RESULTS •Identified gaps i attracting women, N i A Id ifi d in i Native Americans, i other underrepresented population segments •Identified lack of research and data on women in Identified transportation
  11. 11. Regional Summits – 2010 g University of Tennessee (Knoxville) May 11, Nashville, IA PRIMARY FOCUS • Education (Race to the Top and TN Diploma Project), STEM, highway, civil engineering, workforce investment programs, trucking, logistics and supply chain education, K-12 RESULTS • Began to identify the transportation workforce needs for the region
  12. 12. Common Themes Transportation should be a Career Destination, not coincidence from trucker to manager! Curriculum needs to be updated to foster innovation and address emerging technology g g gy Research and curriculum need to be more strongly linked to the workforce Diversity is not addressed in curriculum design (i.e, doesn't appeal to today's t h savvy students, women, minorities) (i it d t lt t d tech t d t i iti ) Mentoring begins at the college level (or before!): there should be student intern opportunities to engage students while pp g g they are pursuing their degrees Core location to find information or share ideas
  13. 13. Workforce Research Needs 13 General Transportation Research should be linked to TWD Development of innovative pedagogy based on p p g gy Diversity, Learning styles of Millennials Vocational through Graduate! g Transportation modes Analysis of demographic trends as part of y g p p organizational workforce assessment and planning Diversity Work/Life Balance Highly skilled versus mid-level skilled workers
  14. 14. National Information Clearinghouse 14 Internships Training Community College Partnership Retraining for downsized industries Resources Transportation Curriculum Vocational, Community College, University Graduate Degrees and Certificates Engineering Skills Management Skills
  15. 15. 15 Recruitment and R t ti R it t d Retention Recruitment Generate interest in STEM topics at K-12 Promote transportation careers as a GREAT choice Partnering Retention Salaries Wo p ace be e s: Workplace benefits: job sharing, flex time, e c. s a g, e e, etc. Mentoring Sabbaticals and Professional Development p
  16. 16. KSAs Mapping 16 Greater integration of industry needs into university and college transportation curriculums Broader technical and management skills outsourcing, accountability requirements, etc. Curriculum (all levels) in emerging areas High Speed Rail Sustainability/Alternative Energy Intelligent Transportation Systems Innovation
  17. 17. Partnering 17 Innovation in transportation education Residency programs Mentoring programs Job shadowing/internships Greater efficiencies Improved understanding of constraints Practical opportunities for students, faculty, and practitioners Better definition of transportation professional image p p g