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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

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

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

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

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.