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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.

Cost of Turnover Tool: Experiences from the Field

Posted September 2019

Project Associate, Karitsa Holdzkom, spoke with the Aspen Institute about how their tool, the Cost of Turnover, has been used to illustrate the return on investment of programs like apprenticeship that increase employee retention at transit agencies.

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SacRT Pilots National Rail Car Training Consortium Courseware

Posted September 2019

On August 20-22, four participants from Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) piloted three Communications courses developed by the National Rail Car Training Consortium; Course 110, Introduction and Overview (one day), Course 210, Inspection and Maintenance (half-day) and Course 310, Troubleshooting (half-day).

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Consortium Member, Hennepin Tech Graduates First Light Rail Technicians

Posted September 2019

At Hennepin Technical College, the aspiring light rail technicians were trained in robotics, electronics and fluid power. The graduates also had 2½ years of paid training at existing Metro Transit light rail vehicle facilities in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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Latest Publication

Making Headway: An Update on the National Rail Car Training Consortium - Issue 3

Under the Rail Car Consortium, 16 rail transit locations and more than 40 Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) have worked since 2015 to produce high-quality training material for rail car techs. So far we have developed…