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472840-00031-1 Report Abstract

Transportation Education and Outreach Pilot Program Targeting Students in Grades K-12

Beverly T. Kuhn, Texas A&M University, September 1999, 93 pp. (472840-00031-1)

The transportation engineering profession, like every other profession, faces a challenging future in the 21st century. Over the past decade, advances in transportation and technology applications have been staggering. These advances have altered and expanded the list of knowledge, skills, and abilities that transportation professionals must have. The end result is a rapidly changing industry that needs qualified individuals to design, plan, manage, operate, and maintain the vast infrastructure in place. However, a growing concern exists over whether a qualified and skilled work force will be available to meet the demanding future. Such a work force is necessary for the transportation profession to continue to sustain mobility and economic strength across the nation. The next generation of transportation professionals is already learning. They are in the nation’s elementary, middle, and high schools and face decisions regarding college and careers. Hence, it is in the best interest of the profession for the universities to cultivate new professionals early. By exposing young minds to transportation and the vast array of educational and career opportunities awaiting them, universities can increase the potential work force for the future. In turn, those young students who seek transportation as a career can work to maintain the complex transportation infrastructure in place and ensure mobility and prosperity for the future. This study presents results from the development of an outreach pilot program targeting students in grades K-12. Included in the program are an education and outreach folder with a companion CD-ROM, two educational modules, and a directory providing contacts at transit agencies that participate in school-related programs.

Keywords: Transportation Education, K-12, Outreach, Professional Development, Human Factors, Transit Schools, Activities

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