News and Events

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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“Making Connections” Career Pathways and Career Ladders Roundtable Conference

Posted October 2014

On Wednesday, September 17 just over 30 invited and engaged participants from a diverse group of stakeholder organizations and federal agencies came together for the transportation Learning Center’s “Making Connections” Career Pathways and Career Ladders Roundtable Conference.

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Career Pathways/Career Ladders Roundtable Conference Brings Together Practitioners, Federal Agencies

Posted September 2014

On Wednesday, September 17 just over 30 invited and engaged participants from a diverse group of organizations came together for the Transportation Learning Center’s “Making Connections” Career Pathways and Career Ladders Roundtable Conference.  Using a format that included short kick-off comments and extensive interaction throughout the day, attendees addressed significant issues, asked questions and shared information around the following topics:
• Creating and Building on Career Ladders and Pathways in Transit: An Examination of Need, Opportunities and Frameworks  
• Outreach and Engagement: Effective Practices and Stakeholder Buy-In
• Mentoring for Pathways and Ladders
• The Critical Role of the Apprenticeship and Rigorous Career Ladder Training
• Education Programs as Partners and Stakeholders in the Pathways and Ladders System  
• Stakeholder Engagement: Opportunities and Challenges

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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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