Center Among Groups to Receive FTA Transit Workforce Development Funds
Posted January 2013
On January 11, 2013 FTA announced the recipients of $7 million in grants for transit workforce development programs. The Center received funding for both its submitted proposals and joins the list of 17 organizations in 12 states.
The Center will work specifically on creating a signals training consortium, modeled on the successful work of the transit elevator/escalator training consortium, as well as creating career pathways for young people to enter transit careers and apprenticeship models for career ladder advancement for frontline transit technicians.
Among other groups funded are:
* Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority - Funding for the Transit Works Program which provides veterans and high school students with skills training and assistance to help them transition into WMATA’s Bus Maintenance Apprenticeship programs
* Rutgers - will build and promote a cost-effective, innovative, field-tested, national website that attracts youth, veterans and others to the transportation industry and provide agencies with unprecedented access to new recruitment and training tools
* International Association Of Nanotechnology - will establish three Electric Vehicle Transit Workforce Development Centers to provide workforce training to new and future transit workers in hybrid and electric vehicle technologies.
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