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Mission Statement

The Transportation Learning Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public transportation at the national level and within communities. To accomplish this mission, the Center builds labor-management training partnerships that improve organizational performance, expand workforce knowledge, skills and abilities, and promote career advancement.

Statement of Purpose

The Transportation Learning Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public transportation by committed investment at the national and local levels in frontline technical workers.  We facilitate, lead and support activities that benefit all stakeholders in public transportation, through:

• Labor-management partnerships that create high-quality workforce training programs leading to high-performance organizations based in collaborations that support employee voice, engagement and commitment;

• Cutting-edge research and evaluation of human capital investment and its outcomes in public transportation;

• National training standards created through joint labor-management industry consortia that improve organizational performance, advance workers’ skills, knowledge and abilities and ensure safe, efficient and well-maintained public transportation systems that drive and serve high consumer demand for public transport options;

• Career ladder programs that create opportunities for incumbent workers to advance through training and education;

• Career pathways into public transportation jobs that provide living wages and benefits, with an emphasis on access to those jobs and continuing education and training for young people and men and women from disadvantaged populations served by public transportation;

• Greener work processes that create more sustainable communities.

APTA focuses on frontline workforce development at the Annual Meeting

Posted October 2014

APTA’s Annual Meeting in Houston October 11-15 focused extensively on the need for training current and future workers in front-line occupations.  Incoming APTA Chair Phil Washington, CEO at Denver RTD, noted the need for both career ladders to help current transit workers advance and for career pathways to bring new workers into transit.

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Transportation Workforce Development Comes to the Top of Federal Agenda

Posted October 2014

On October 7, 2014, close to 200 participants attended a federal forum on Strengthening Skills Training and Career Pathways across the Transportation Industry. This major convening of transportation workforce development experts was held by U.S. Departments of Transportation, Education, and Labor to delve deeply into the present and future workforce needs of all transportation modes.

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Center’s Signals Training Consortium Presents at SmartRail Conference October 29-20, 2014

Posted October 2014

The Center will be presenting at two different sessions during this year’s SmartRail Conference, focusing specifically on work done by the Signals Training Consortium.  On Wednesday October 29, 2014 - 4:00pm, the Center will present on Upgrading Signaling and Operating Technology, highlighting the work of the signals training consortium and future trends that we anticipate coming down the track in the next 5-10 years.

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Establishing a National Transit Industry Rail Vehicle Technician Qualification Program

Meeting the challenge of developing fully qualified transit rail car maintenance technicians is the goal of Transit Cooperative Research Project (TCRP) E-7, Developing an Industry-Wide System of Qualification for Transit Rail Car Technicians – Building…