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167143-1 Report Abstract

The Texas Rural Summer Transportation Institute

Debbie Jasek and Hector Estrada, Texas A&M University, December 2006, 78 pp. (167143-1)

A considerable number of Texas students grow up in rural or small urban centers that are a significant distance from the large metropolitan areas.  These students are not afforded the same access to the many summer and pre-college programs that are available in large metropolitan areas.  This often affects the students’ decision to further their education and attend colleges or universities.  The Summer Transportation Institute is an established program funded by the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Civil Rights.  Currently, the STI targets urban students and thereby misses a large segment of the student population of Texas who are potential members for the transportation work force. By developing and conducting a modified Summer Transportation Institute in selected smaller communities and rural areas an audience not previously exposed to transportation career opportunities is reached.  This modified program can be easily implemented for rural Texas students.  This modified program was conducted as a pilot program in three locations.  These locations are similar in that they were rural or semi-rural and at least 35 miles from a major metropolitan area.

Keywords:  Summer Transportation Institute, Summer Programs, STEM, Transportation Summer Programs

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