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The N.C. Department of Transportation's Office of Education Initiatives works to advance a wide range of programs and activities that focus heavily on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) – beginning in kindergarten and all the way to graduate school – to develop a talented workforce to help meet North Carolina’s future transportation demands.

The Office of Education Initiatives attracts and recruits the best talent by:

  • Making programming available in both rural to urban communities
  • Encouraging broad participation, including women and minorities, in engineering fields
  • Increasing NCDOT mentorship throughout K-12 schools
  • Providing multidisciplinary internship and training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students

Innovation
Advocating for innovative programming to capture student interest in STEM fields that support transportation related careers.

Support
Providing support to K-12, college and post graduate level students from rural to urban communities and encouraging participation in STEM education.

Sustainability
Enhance student efforts in STEM fields to develop a sustainable transportation workforce for the future.

Partnerships
Develop strong partnerships with Department of Public Instruction (DPI), education & transportation organizations and associated businesses across the state to prepare the STEM student for college and career readiness.