News and Events

Center Presents on Standard-Based Training and Apprenticeship for Frontline Technicians at NTI Conf.

Posted April 2014

Seventeen people representing transit agencies and community colleges attended the Center’s March 31 workshop on Standards-based Training and Apprenticeship for Frontline Technicians at the Transit Trainers Workshop sponsored by the National Transit Institute in Long Beach, California.  The presentation focused on the full system of training and qualification developed for rail car technicians through the recently completed TCRP E-7 project Establishing a National Transit Industry Rail Vehicle Technician Qualification Program, but Center Deputy Director Jack Clark noted that the system is relevant for all transit maintenance occupations.

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Signals Training Consortium Releases First Round of Courses

Posted April 2014

This week, the Center’s Signals Training Consortium released the Introduction and Overview Courses for the following topics:

*  Track Circuits
*  Switches and Derails
*  Train Stops
*  Highway Grade Crossings

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Center Publication Highlights Transportation Workforce Development Initiatives in Other Sectors

Posted March 2014

Recently, a lot of attention has been given to the German approach to workforce development.  Outlets like National Public Radio note that To Fill Skills Gap In U.S., Schools Look Abroad and that What Germans Know Could Help Bridge U.S. Workers’ Skill Gap.

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Join the Center at the NTI Transit Trainers’ Workshop for Discussions on Standards-based Apprentices

Posted March 2014

The Transportation Learning Center will host 90-minute sessions on Standards-based Training and Apprenticeship for Frontline Technicians at the 2004 National Transit Institute (NTI) Transit Trainers’ Workshop in Long Beach, CA.  During this session (starting at 10:45am on March 31), local transit trainers will benefit greatly from an introduction of new national resources for systems of training and apprenticeship, with perspectives of peer trainers who have participated in the national program development and local implementation.

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Center Recognized by DOL as an Industry Champion for Transportation

Posted March 2014

The Transportation Learning Center has recently been recognized as an industry champion by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment & Training Administration (ETA) for its contribution in developing updates to the industry competency model of Transportation, Distribution and Logistics. This initiative is being carried out by ETA in collaboration with the Department of Transportation.

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Events

Join the Center at the Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference - February 10-11, 2014 in Washington DC

Posted December 2013

At this year’s Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference, The Center will be part of a panel entitled Getting on Track Together: Creating Pathways to Transit and Transportation Careers for Community Members.  Transit agencies face a critical frontline technical workforce shortage in the coming decade, with transit services expanding rapidly and fifty percent of the frontline workforce retiring.  In crisis there is opportunity, as significant numbers of high-wage, high need transportation jobs open up in communities transit serves.  These jobs provide family supportive wages and benefits, accompanied by ongoing training and opportunity for growth and advancement in this inherently green and growing sector.  Panel members will discuss successful career pathways partnership models with management, labor, education, local government and community members and will ask audience members to share their knowledge and experience.

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