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169115-1 Report Abstract

Partnering with AVID to Create Transportation Scholars

Melisa D. Finley and Debbie Jasek, Texas A&M University, October 2010, 44 pp. (169115-1)

The goal of this project was to team with the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program in local schools to stimulate student awareness of transportation and engineering careers and to encourage interest in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.  AVID is an in-school academic support program for grades 4–12 that prepares underserved students (predominantly minority and economically disadvantaged) in the academic middle for college eligibility and success.  The team developed and conducted four half-day workshops and a field trip for AVID students from four schools in Texas.  Approximately 150 students participated in the half-day workshops and approximately 40 students attended the field trip.  These events offered students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and insight into transportation and engineering careers.  The events also provided exposure and mentoring from role models that currently work in the transportation field.


Keywords: Careers in Transportation, Careers in Engineering, STEM, Transportation Outreach Programs

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