News and Updates

Weekly Update for August 15, 2013

Posted August 2013

This week’s update includes stories on Transportation Secretary Foxx talks about tight budgets and efficient spending, SEPTA’s new transit police hit the streets, and how 40 years of union-busting failed America.

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Training ROI - Learn How to Advocate for Training Investment at Your Location

Posted August 2013

Are you frustrated with how little time and money your organization puts into training? Trying to figure out how to make upper management prioritize training?  One easy solution is to prove that training holds a high return on investment, or ROI.

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Linking Technical Experts and Trainers - As Presented by Center Senior Advisor Dr. Chuck Hodell

Posted August 2013

The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)  has just published a new guide for trainers and instructional design professionals working with technical subject matter experts.  Entitled SMEs from the Ground Up: A No Nonsense Approach to Trainer-Expert Collaboration, the book was written by the Center’s senior program director for instructional design, Chuck Hodell.  This volume supplements Dr. Hodell’s prior ASTD book, ISD from the Ground Up.

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Signals Training Consortium Holds First Set of Courseware Development Team Meetings

Posted July 2013

From July 16-18, signal maintenance Subject Matter Experts from all over the country came together as part of the Signals Training Consortium to work on courseware on three different topics:

*  Switches
*  Train Stops
*  Grade Crossings

The group worked with instructional designers from the Center to create content on these topic areas, ranging from introduction and overview to inspection and maintenance and even started working on troubleshooting of grade crossing systems.

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Rail Vehicle Technician Qualification Pilot Held at MBTA

Posted July 2013

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) hosted a pilot of the National Rail Vehicle Technician Qualification Program at two of its rail facilities in Boston, July 9 and 10. Written assessments were administered to nineteen technicians in four subject areas: Couplers, Propulsion and Dynamic Braking, Car Body, and Doors. Their voluntary articipation was part of a process to help validate questions developed by a joint national labor-management committee on rail vehicle maintenance.

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