U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
To address the need of a diverse workforce in the 21st century and to promote greater awareness of career opportunities within the transportation industry, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have established various educational initiatives. The National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI), championed by FHWA's Office of Civil Rights, its Division Offices, State Transportation Agencies (STA's), public/private partnerships, community-based organizations (CBOs) and accredited colleges, community colleges, and universities, remains one of the nation's premiere transportation-centered educational programs.
The purpose of the NSTI is to promote awareness of Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational and career opportunities among disadvantaged and at-risk middle and high school students around the country. FHWA is the funding and governing agency for the NSTI, and formally established the program as a recognized educational initiative in 1998.
The FHWA's Office of Civil Rights and Division offices, manage the NSTI and oversees the work of State DOT's who are responsible for providing technical assistance, guidance, training and support to participating institutions host sites. Special emphasis is also placed on securing host site participation by Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.
Participation in the NSTI is free for students who have an interest in learning more about the transportation industry, its various modes (e.g., highways, aviation, transit and maritime) and how they might pursue post-secondary education concentrating on some aspect of transportation, and the career opportunities therein. In addition to Federal funding, the NSTI program receives support from local sponsors such as area businesses and CBOs, and from the higher education institutions serving as host sites.
The NSTI program is typically two to four weeks in length. Host sites conduct both residential and non-residential programs and, to ensure a productive learning experience, classroom size is at least 15 students. Recruitment and registration is coordinated and managed by each local host site.
Joyce E. Gottlieb
National DBE (Disadvantage Business Enterprise) Program & Workforce Development Manager