As of October 1, 2016, the SWUTC concluded its 28 years of operation and is no longer an active center of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The archived SWUTC website remains available here.

K-12 Initiatives

The following are resources and programs developed by the SWUTC to introduce transportation concepts to pre-college individuals to attract future transportation professionals.

Past Initiatives

Resource:  Road-Show Promotional Materials

Designed for use at career fairs to encourage students to pursue careers in transportation.  Available here.

For more information contact:  Debbie Jasek, d-jasek@tamu.edu

Resource:  Education Modules for K-12

Designed for use in the classroom to introduce students to careers in transportation.  Available here.

For more information contact:  Debbie Jasek, d-jasek@tamu.edu

Program: Rural Texas Summer Transportation Institute

Held annually at Texas A&M University Kingsville, Texas, this two-week program is designed to attract secondary students to and enhance their interest in careers in transportation and improve mathematics, science, communication and technology skills.  Through the course of the program, all modes of transportation are addressed and augmented with hands-on technical activities, lectures by transportation professionals and field trips to such places as TxDOT District Offices, and Port of Corpus Christi.  Refer to the 2011 Annual Report for an overview of the program and the News section of this website for a description of this year’s event.

For more information contact:  Debbie Jasek, d-jasek@tamu.edu

Program:  Transportation Security Institute:  Recruiting the Next Generation Professionals

This two-week program held at Texas Southern University in Houston, TX provides a curriculum framework that exposes high school students to the transportation security industry via hands-on technical activities, field trips to transportation facilities, lectures by transportation professionals, and on-site seminars.  The primary goal of the program is to introduce exemplary secondary school students to various career opportunities in transportation security.  In addition, industry professionals will reinforce the importance of mathematics, science, and technology skills in the 21st century.  Students will also observe how public/private partnerships work to strengthen the link between today’s students and future transportation security professionals.  Please refer to the News section of this website for an overview of this year’s event.

For more information contact:  Khosro Godazi, godazi_kx@tsu.edu

Program:  Go Girl!  Exploring Transportation Career Horizons

Designed as a one-day workshop for girls in grade levels K-9 that offers an opportunity to gain hands on experience and insight into what transportation, engineering, and technology careers have to offer.  And encourage interests in science and math and offer exposure and mentoring from female role models currently working in the field of transportation.  Refer to the 2006 Annual Report for full description of program.

For more information contact: Debbie Jasek, d-jasek@tamu.edu

Program:  Houston National Summer Transportation Institute

This four week program is designed to attract secondary students to and enhance their interest in careers in transportation and improve mathematics, science, communication and technology skills.  Through the course of the program, all modes of transportation are addressed and augmented with hands-on technical activities, lectures by transportation professionals and field trips to such places as TxDOT District Offices, TranStar, Houston METRO, Port of Houston, airport operation and maintenance facilities, and the Texas Transportation Institute research facilities.  This program was held annually at Texas Southern University in Houston, TX.  Refer to the2006 Annual Report for a full description of the program.

For more information contact:  Khosro Godazi, godazi_kx@tsu.edu

Program:  Texas Summer Transportation Institute

This 1-2 week program was designed to attract secondary students to and enhance their interest in careers in transportation and improve mathematics, science, communication and technology skills.  Through the course of the program, all modes of transportation are addressed and augmented with hands-on technical activities, lectures by transportation professionals and field trips to such places as TxDOT District Offices, TransGuide, DART, VIA, Port of Corpus Christi, airport operation and maintenance facilities, and the Texas Transportation Institute research facilities.  This program was held at Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, and at the University of Texas at El Paso campus in El Paso,   Refer to the2006 Annual Report for a full description of the program.

For more information contact:  Debbie Jasek, d-jasek@tamu.edu

Program:  Texas Summer Aviation Institute

Designed as a two-week program for 10th and 11th grade students to introduce them to aviation careers opportunities.  The core curriculum includes speakers, field trips, videos, and hands on activities highlighting the importance of aviation.  The students experience the effects of science, math, and engineering as they participate in aviation-related activities.  Students also participate in hands-on activities and problem solving initiatives that incorporate team building and cooperative learning to teach principles of flight, aerodynamics, aerial navigation, Newton’s Laws, aircraft instrumentation, Bernoulli’s Principle, materials science, general math, an the history of flight.   Refer to the 2005 Annual Report for a full description of the program.

For more information contact:  Debbie Jasek, d-jasek@tamu.edu

Program:  Post-Houston National Summer Transportation Institute

Designed as a follow-on internship program to the Houston National Summer Transportation Institute (HNSTI), this program places previous HNSTI students in internship positions in the transportation industry.  During the three month long summer program, students are provided the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, tackle an important issue, make valuable connections within the industry, and contribute to a project or program that can make a difference.  Refer to the 2006 Annual Report for a full description of the program.

For more information contact:  Khosro Godazi, godazi_kx@tsu.edu