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Publication Number:  FHWA-HRT-09-002    Date:  Jan/Feb 2009
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-09-002
Issue No: Vol. 72 No. 4
Date: Jan/Feb 2009

 

The National Highway Institute (NHI)

by Stacy Stottmeister

Building Freight Professional Capacity

As freight volumes continue to grow on the national transportation network, a skilled and knowledgeable workforce at all levels of transportation policy development and project level planning is crucial to improving the productivity, safety, and security of freight movement. To meet these needs, the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) National Highway Institute (NHI) offers a growing catalog of freight-related courses.

Freight Courses

FHWA designed the following five NHI courses to build a broad range of professional capacity in freight issues.

For more information on scheduled sessions, visit the NHI Web site.

Certificate of Accomplishment in Freight Management and Operations

NHI offers a certificate of accomplishment to recognize individuals who have successfully completed and achieved passing grades in four key freight courses: Integrating Freight in the Transportation Planning Process, Advanced Freight Planning, Uses of Multimodal Freight Forecasting in Transportation Planning, and Linking Freight to Planning and the Environment. When bundled together, these complementary NHI courses enhance an individual's depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise in the area of freight transportation.

For more information on NHI courses or certificates of accomplishment, visit the NHI Web site at www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov. To schedule a session, contact the NHI Scheduler at nhitraining@dot.gov.

Other Professional Learning and Capacity Building Opportunities

In addition to the NHI courses, the Office of Freight Management and Operations' Freight Professional Development (FPD) Program offers a broad range of professional capacity building opportunities:

Stacks of shipping containers at this port are among the signs of the increasing demand for freight planning in the United States. New FHWA and NHI professional development opportunities, including training, help transportation officials hone the skills necessary to manage the growth in freight movement.
Stacks of shipping containers at this port are among the signs of the increasing demand for freight planning in the United States. New FHWA and NHI professional development opportunities, including training, help transportation officials hone the skills necessary to manage the growth in freight movement.

"Enabling public sector transportation professionals to develop the skills and knowledge needed to fully integrate freight movement into our transportation system development and operations is the objective of FHWA's FPD Program," says Tony Furst, director of the Office of Freight Management and Operations. "By providing these opportunities, we are giving them the tools they need to meet freight transportation challenges safely and effectively."

For more information on the FPD Program, visit http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/fpd or contact Carol Keenan at 202-366-6993 or carol.keenan@fhwa.dot.gov. For questions about the Freight P2P Program, contact Kate Quinn at 202-366-4241 or e-mail freightpeerexchange@fhwa.dot.gov.


Stacy Stottmeister is a contractor for NHI.

 

 

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