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ITS University Workshop #5
November 8-9, 2017 | Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia

Day 2 Presentation | November 9, 2017

National Transportation Career Pathways Initiative

Presenter: Clark Martin
Presenter’s Org: National Network for the Transportation Workforce (NNTW)

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Some of the slides in this presentation include the NNTW logo.

Slide 1: National Transportation Career Pathways Initiative

Clark Martin, Program Manager, Center for Transportation Workforce Development, FHWA

Regional Workforce Center Directors:

  • Tom O’Brien, Southwest/NTCPI - Planning
  • Teresa Adams, Midwest/NTCPI - Engineering
  • Steve Albert, West/NTCPI - Safety
  • Glenn McRae, Northeast/NTCPI - Environment
  • Stephanie Ivey, Southeast/NTCPI - Operations

November 8-9, 2017

Slide 2: Agenda

  • Introduction to FHWA Center for Transportation Workforce and National Network for the Transportation Workforce (NNTW)
  • Overview of NNTW and National Transportation Career Pathways Initiative (NTCPI)
  • Case study…examples from the 5 Regional Centers and Discipline working groups

Slide 3: Center for Transportation Workforce Development

  • Virginia Tsu, Director
  • Provides national leadership, coordination, and assistance to develop, enhance, and expand the nation’s transportation workforce
    • K-12 education
    • Post-secondary education
    • Professional/practitioner development
  • Training and Education Programs
    • Garrett A. Morgan Transportation Technology Education
    • Eisenhower Fellowship Program
  • On-the-job Training/Supportive Services
    • STIPDG
    • National Summer Transportation Institutes
    • OJT/SS
  • Regional Transportation Workforce Centers
  • National Transportation Career Pathway Initiative
  • Highway Construction Workforce Development Pilot

[This slide contains a collage of four images: (1) a photo of a bridge under construction, (2) an aerial photo of a highway with six vehicles, all of which have been marked with three concentric circles to indicate that they are “connected,” (3) a time-lapse photo of a highway interchange, and (4) a photo of a tablet that is displaying a 3D map.]

Slide 4: NNTW

[This slide contains a U.S. map that is color-coded to indicate the five NNTW regions (Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West).]

Slide 5: National Transportation Career Pathways Initiative

Project Overview
“A goal of the National Transportation Career Pathways Initiative is to document a series of career pathways (a sequence of educational courses and training programs that align to an occupational career ladder) that engage and prepare students for key transportation occupations.”

[This slide contains a graphic with five circles arranged in a ring around a U.S. map that is color-coded by the five NNTW regions: Northeast (Environment), Southeast (Operations), Southwest (Planning), Midwest (Engineering), and West (Safety).]

Slide 6: National Transportation Career Pathway Initiative

Project Overview
Inspire and prepare greater numbers of students to pursue transportation career pathways

  • Identify Top 10-20 Occupations within each focus area in Transportation, Next 5-15 Yrs
  • Identify Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSAs) Required by These Top Occupations
  • Identify Gaps in Post-K12 Training/Education Delivery, Currently & Over Next 5-15 Yrs
  • Identify Innovative Approaches to Delivering KSAs into Student/Worker Prep Pipeline
  • Describe a Series of Career Pathways that Lead to Top Occupations, Next 5-15 Yrs
  • Identify Scope of Pathway Implementation to Address Workforce Needs, Next 5-15 Yrs
  • Identify Barriers; Propose Recommendations

[This slide contains a drawing of the silhouette of nine people standing in a group.]

Slide 7: National Transportation Career Pathway Initiative

  • Discipline Working Groups
    • Trade & Tech Schools
    • Community Colleges/Universities
    • Private Industry
    • Public Municipalities
      • Transit
      • State DOT
  • Regional Partners
    • Regional Solutions
  • Inter-Collaboration
    • Multidiscipline, National Perspective

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Slide 8: National Transportation Career Pathway Initiative

Unifying theme of disruptive technologies

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Slide 9: What is Transportation Planning?

  • Collaboration
    “The planner’s role is to provide the big picture and to relate the project to various goals and guidelines…”
  • Legislative Knowledge
    “Planners are responsible for knowing state and federal legislation and court rulings relating to the project, plans, or guidelines.”
  • Research & Data Analysis
    “Planners conduct research and gather data…then test assumptions about the meaning and importance of the data.”
  • Reports and Presentations
    “Planners frequently present to city councils, business groups, neighborhood groups…”
  • Project Management
    “Planners manage a variety of projects and oversee grant programs.”
  • Public Participation
    “Planners engage in lengthy processes of public participation, calling upon their skills as facilitators…”
  • The Planning Commission
    “Public sector planners provide reports to the commission and support to the public meeting.”

Slide 10: Focus: GIS Transportation Planning Career Pathways

Creating a structured educational pathway for GIS transportation planning professionals that links certificate, two-year, four-year, and graduate programs.

Enhancing GIS Story Map and Data Collection software and related curriculum developed by SWTWC.

  • High School+ Non-degree Certificate (Cabrillo High School Academy of Global Logistics)
    • GIS Technician
    • Field Technician
    • Survey Technician
  • 2-year+ Certificate ($30-40K), LBCC/LATTC, AA, Geography/GIS/MA, PS
    • GIS Specialist
    • Cartographer
    • Mapper
  • 4-year Degree ($40-60K), CSULB-CCPE/CLA: B.A. Liberal Arts
    • Photogrammetrist
    • GIS Programmer
    • GIS Developer
    • GIS Analyst
    • Remote Sensing Data Analyst
  • Masters ($60-70K), CSULB MS GIS
    • GIS Coordinator
    • GIS Program Manager
    • Geospatial Intel Analyst
  • Doctorate Level ($80K+), USC GIS PhD
    • Geospatial Data Scientist
    • Remote Sensing Scientist
    • GIS Modeler

[This slide contains a diagram showing GIS education levels, jobs available at each educational level, and a school that offers that education. It also has an arrow with a location marker at one end indicating “You are here,” and at the other end another location marker with “You can reach here.” Below each level is an icon of a person. The information in the image is reproduced above.]

Slide 11: Northeast Transportation Workforce Center

Workforce growth is following the emergence of new technologies and investments that address critical environmental problems in the transportation sector.

  • Smart Communities:
    ITS is a critical technological opportunity to address pollution and move people and commerce more efficiently.
  • Shared Mobility:
    An emerging approach that holistically address urban and rural transportation needs, equity, safety, congestion, and sustainability. Due to a diversity of transportation options, there is a wide variety of growing employment opportunities.

National Transportation Career Pathways Initiative: Environment Discipline

Disruptive Technologies and the growth of a workforce supporting Smart Communities through ITS and Shared Mobility

[This slide contains the Northeast Transportation Workforce Center (NETWC) logo.]

Slide 12: Smart City: ITS Career Pathways

[This slide contains a flowchart showing various ITS jobs and possible career paths. It includes lists of training certifications and various course work. The jobs are color-coded to show a job’s educational requirements.]

Slide 13: Midwest Transportation Workforce Center: Engineering the State of Good Repair

The project focuses on defining and demonstrating career pathways and core competencies for priority occupations for maintaining the State of Good Repair of transportation infrastructure.

Our Strategies:

  • Agencies can “grow-their-own” workforce by providing opportunities for maintenance workers to become engineering technicians.
  • The knowledge, skills, and abilities that workers will need to maintain a sustainable, automated, and connected transportation system.
  • Competency model, curriculum and experiential learning opportunities for infrastructure asset management.

[This slide contains the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center logo.]

Slide 14: National Transportation Career Pathways Initiative: Operations Discipline

  • Skillset and competency requirements for transportation operations occupations are rapidly evolving with continual advances in technology.
  • The project focuses on defining and demonstrating career pathways and core competencies for priority occupations in traffic, transit, and freight operations through industry-academia collaborations.
  • The goal is to provide greater transparency of operations career opportunities and experiential learning for post-secondary students.

For more information:

[This slide contains the University of Memphis | Southeast Transportation Workforce Center logo.]

Slide 15: National Transportation Career Pathways Initiative: Operations Discipline

Follow us on Facebook: Southeast Transportation Workforce Center at the University of Memphis

Transportation Tuesday: Spotlight on Careers!

[This slide contains reproductions of three Southeast Transportation Workforce Center “Transportation Spotlight” newsletters.]

Slide 16: Transportation Safety

Advances in transportation technologies drive new hope for significant reductions in vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

94% of serious crashes due to human error (NHTSA)

[This slide contains the West Region Transportation Workforce Center logo.]

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  • Rapid deployment of new technologies
  • Lack of knowledgeable practitioners & trainers in emerging areas
  • Integration of multidisciplinary & cross-occupational expertise
  • Innovative education/training delivery models
  • Civil & Transportation Engineers
  • Planners
  • Human Factors/Behavioral Specialists
  • Computer & Mathematical Occupations
  • Technicians
  • Construction/Maintenance Personnel
  • Safety Technologies
    • Autonomous Vehicles
    • V2I/V2V Communications
    • Automated Data Collection Systems
    • AI/Machine Learning
    • Roadside Technologies
    • In-Vehicle Safety Technology
  • ITS Skillsets
    • Big Data Analytics
    • Predictive Analytics
    • Human-Machine Interaction
    • Cyber-Security
    • Software/Algorithm Dev.
    • Wireless Systems

[This slide contains two circular diagrams, each with six labeled circles surrounding a center circle. The information in these two diagrams are provided in the list directly above.]

Slide 18: Connecting the NNTW to ITS PCB

How can the Centers be more engaged in advancing the ITS PCB agenda?

  • The NNTW
    • Environment (Northeast)
    • Operations (Southeast)
    • Planning (Southwest)
    • Engineering (Midwest)
    • Safety (West)

[This slide contains the NNTW organizational chart which is reproduced as the list above.]

Slide 19: National Transportation Career Pathway Initiative at TRB 2018

The impact of disruptive/transformational technologies in transportation on the workplace and workforce

  • TRB
  • Workshop 873: Thursday, January 11, 2018, 8:00 AM, Convention Center
  • Sponsored by Standing Committee on Transportation Education and Training
  • Setting the Context -
    • Eric Plosky, Chief, Transportation Planning Division at the Volpe Center
    • Terry Bills, ESRI
    • Eric Rensel, VP, Gannett Flemming/National Operations Center of Excellence
    • Response panel:
      • Tom O’Brien (CSULB)
      • Stephanie Ivey (UMemphis)
      • Steve Albert (Montana State)
      • Teresa Adams (UWisconsin-Madison)
      • Glenn McRae (University of Vermont)

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Michelle Noch
ITS Professional Capacity Building Program Manager
ITS Joint Program Office
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R)
U.S. Department of Transportation



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