The Northeast Transportation Workforce Center (NETWC) at UVM, and the four other regional centers that make up
The National Network for the Transportation Workforce (NNTW), made a successful bid to win a $1.25 million Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) grant titled the “Transportation Workforce Strategic Initiative” (TWSI). In accordance with FHWA guidelines for the grant, the NNTW team will develop and then launch a series of career pathway demonstration programs at technical schools, community colleges, and universities around the United States. The demonstrations will leverage insights from employers to empower students to first learn about critical transportation occupations and then develop the skills to meet the related workforce challenges. The demonstrations will directly address critical transportation occupations in planning, engineering, safety, operations, and environment.
To accomplish that goal, the NNTW team of multidisciplinary specialists will leverage its national network of stakeholders and extensive repositories of transportation workforce development curriculum best practices. Throughout the two-year grant period, the NNTW team will seek to respond to skill gaps created by changing transportation trends, including the hard-to-predict gaps resulting from the application of transformational technologies in the transportation sector. The grant will be led by the Southwest Transportation Workforce Center at California State University, Long Beach. Each center will lead a specific disciplinary focus, with the NETWC leading on the environment.