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Center for

Transportation Workforce Development

Primary/Secondary/Post Secondary and Professional Development

The Center for Transportation Workforce Development (CTWD) supports efforts to build awareness and interest in future careers in transportation among K-12 students. Programs and products help provide the skills necessary to succeed as members of tomorrow's transportation workforce.The CTWD also manages activities that integrate transportation into college and university programs striving to increase the number of post-secondary students interested in pursuing transportation-related careers. The Center provides management, leadership, and coordination for student transportation education programs to support the development of highly skilled individuals for the transportation workforce.


Garrett A. Morgan Transportation Technology Education Program

The Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program improves the preparation of students, particularly women and minorities, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through curriculum development and other activities related to transportation. As the nation's need for a highly skilled, diverse, and multi-disciplinary transportation workforce continues to grow, the program hopes to "Prepare today's youth to become tomorrow's transportation professionals." The program:

  • Builds a bridge between America's youth and the transportation community
  • Improves elementary and secondary (K-12) level students' skills in STEM through curriculum development, internships, mentoring programs, and other transportation-related activities
  • Facilitates partnerships among government, academia, and the private sector
  • Increases the understanding of the transportation industry and careers, and advancing transportation workforce development

National Summer Transportation Institutes (NSTI)

In an effort to support the development of a diverse, well-qualified workforce for the 21st century transportation industry, the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) Program serves to increase awareness and stimulate interest in transportation to middle and high school students. NSTI is a two to four week Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) - focused program that exposes students to the transportation and encourages them to pursue transportation-related courses of study at the college and university level.

Institutions of higher education host students to introduce them to all modes of transportation. Accredited colleges and universities are selected as host sites upon application to a State DOT, which provides oversight along with program support and guidance from the FHWA Division Office.

National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) questions, please contact Program Manager Joyce Gottlieb at (202) 366-9495 or at

NSTI Videos

To create awareness of career choices and opportunities existing in today’s transportation industry, the FHWA established the National Summer Transportation Institute Program (NSTI) to develop the human potential of middle and high school students. Check out the three videos below to learn more about NSTI and the impact on students.

Transportation Education Development Program

FHWA Region Transportation Workforce Centers

The four Region Transportation Workforce Centers collectively form a National Network for Transportation Workforce Development ( to provide a strategic and efficient approach to transportation workforce development. They facilitate partnerships with key public and private organizations throughout the transportation, education, labor, and workforce investment communities to identify and promote effective transportation workforce activities and programs.

For more information please click on the region labels

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Map of FHWA Region Transportation Workforce Centers


Shaping Your World Through Transportation and Technology

Explore new high-tech career opportunities in surface transportation using unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Everything from drone piloting to data analysis, design visualization, and system operations are in demand as UAS changes the fields of construction inspection, civil engineering, and emergency response. UAS - Shaping Your World (YouTube)

Careers in Transportation Curriculum Project

Careers in Transportation Curriculum Project provides transportation-focused lesson plans in math, science, and social studies that educators can incorporate into existing grade 6-12 courses and curriculums. All lesson plans housed on the site were developed by teachers for teachers with input from their industry partners and are free for everyone to use.

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