News and Updates

TWU and SEPTA Orient Students for Summer Transit Internship

Posted July 2013

Thirteen young people and their parents traveled through a massive Philadelphia rainstorm to get to the TWU 234 union hall Wednesday evening, June 26.  No one wanted to miss the orientation session for the fourth year of the SEPTA-TWU 234 summer internship program.  Students were selected from four Philadelphia High School Career and Technical Education programs.  The TWU-SEPTA Summer Internship runs for eight weeks, paying students for forty hours of work each week.  The students begin with classroom-based safety and background training, followed by summer-long shop assignments where,  working with TWU 234 mentors and SEPTA supervisors, they develop skills ranging from the technical—such as electrical, mechanical and body work—to the “soft skills” necessary for success in any workplace.

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Weekly Update for July 3, 2013

Posted July 2013

This week’s update includes stories on Foxx next US Transportation Secretary, transit agencies against patent troll and NJ Transit working to reduce suicides.

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USDOL, Office of Apprenticeship has Approved the Rail Vehicle Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship

Posted June 2013

The Office of Apprenticeship at the US Department of Labor has now officially approved the National Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards for the Transit Rail Vehicle Maintenance Technician.  This new apprenticeship framework was developed by the National Rail Car Training Committee and submitted to US DOL by the Center.

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Signals Training Consortium Courseware Development Teams Start Creating Courses

Posted June 2013

Last week, the SignalsTraining Consortium held virtual webinar meetings to kick off the content development for the following topic areas:
• Track Circuits
• Switches
• Train Stops
• Grade Crossings

Webinar technology enables Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from all over the country to come together with Center Instructional Designers to work on courseware development.  During these kickoff meetings, these smaller courseware development teams (CDTs) reviewed the development timeline, followed up on action items from the in person kick-off meeting in May, identified existing resources and started to develop content that covers the learning objectives listed in the industry recognized training standards. 

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Transportation & Education Industry Leaders Speak at the Center’s Conference - Materials Available

Posted June 2013

On May 30, 2013 Senior officials from DOT, US DOL and the US Department of Education spoke at the Center’s conference to highlight their current initiatives to expand training, apprenticeship and education opportunities for the frontline blue collar workforce.  Vince Valdes, Associate Administrator of FTA, reported on FTA’s new safety initiatives and how FTA is beginning to implement MAP-21’s new training provisions.  DOL’s John Ladd, Administrator of the Office of Apprenticeship, updated the group on DOL’s project to provide college credit for work-based learning in registered apprenticeship programs.  Johan Uvin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education for Adult and Experiential Learning, shared the latest news on Career and Technical Education partnerships to expand the pipeline of qualified applicants for technical jobs in industries like transit.

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