The Kansas City Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) recently partnered with the Transportation, Technology, Math and Science Academy (TTMaSA) at Donnelly College. This summer program was established to 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 four-year colleges and universities, remains one of the nation’s premiere transportation-centered educational programs.
Members from COMTO Kansas City stressed to the students how important higher education is, especially for low-income families and people of color. We also wanted the students to know the opportunities that exist in the transportation industry, an industry where many women and people of color have thrived and made an name for themselves.
The purpose of the NSTI is to promote awareness of 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. To learn more about the program, please visit TTMaSA.
Congratulations to the students of TTMaSA!