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2/27/2014: Public Transportation Apprenticeship Program Now Accepting Applications - Application period extended to March 26

Public Transportation Apprenticeship Program Now Accepting Applications - Application period extended to March 26

Posted 2/27/2014 4:14:51 PM

RALEIGH — Experience in a chosen field is an important thing to have when looking for a job; however, getting that initial experience in the first place can be challenging. For college graduates, the N.C. Department of Transportation Public Transportation Division’s Apprenticeship Program offers the real-world experience necessary to pursue a career in the field of public transportation. Due to recent winter weather, the application period has been extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 26. The Public Transportation Apprenticeship Program gives current college seniors the opportunity to work in the field of public transportation management upon receiving their undergraduate degree. The 12-month program, which starts in June, provides exposure to all aspects of a transit system and allows apprentices to gain experience in managing public transportation operations. To be eligible, applicants must plan to graduate prior to the start of their apprenticeship. Nine paid apprenticeships are available at the following locations: City of Asheville (1);Charlotte Area Transit System (3);Greensboro Transit Authority (1);Durham Area Transit Authority (1);Fayetteville Area System of Transit (1);Triangle Transit (1); andWAVE Transit (1). In addition to these apprenticeships, one internship is available through the Public Transportation Division Internship Program. Graduate students are encouraged to apply through March 26. To apply for the internship or one of the nine apprenticeships, interested applicants must complete a State of North Carolina Employment Application, as well as other required documents, which can be found on the NCDOT Public Transportation Division website under the “Apprenticeships and Internships” heading. The NCDOT Public Transportation Division awards grant funds to local public transportation systems. These grants enable systems to provide people in all 100 counties access to education, job opportunities and health care. For more information on grant programs through the Public Transportation Division of NCDOT, as well as transit systems that serve the public throughout the state, visit www.ncdot.gov/nctransit. ***NCDOT*** PTD
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2/27/2014: Applications Now Being Accepted for the Public Transportation Internship Program - Application period extended to March 26

Applications Now Being Accepted for the Public Transportation Internship Program - Application period extended to March 26

Posted 2/27/2014 4:13:43 PM

RALEIGH — Experience in a chosen field is an important thing to have when looking for a job; however, getting that initial experience in the first place can be challenging. For graduate students, the N.C. Department of Transportation Public Transportation Division’s Internship Program offers the real-world experience necessary to pursue a career in the field of public transportation. Due to the recent winter weather, the application period has been extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 26.   The Public Transportation Internship Program gives graduate students the opportunity to work in the field of public transportation while completing their graduate degree. One internship is available through this year’s program with Chapel Hill Transit in Orange County. The internship involves assisting staff with maintaining stop, schedule and route data and using associated software. The intern will be exposed to various areas of transit planning and operations and learn transit technology management systems. Graduate students who are interested in public transportation and are in good standing at a college or university are encouraged to apply. Students with majors in Public Administration, Transportation, Geography and Transportation Planning are preferred.   The 12-month paid internship starts in June, with the intern working 40 hours a week for approximately 12 weeks this summer, and approximately 10 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters.   In addition to this internship, there are also nine apprenticeships available through the Public Transportation Division Apprenticeship Program. Current college seniors preparing to graduate are encouraged to apply through March 26.   To apply for the internship or one of the nine apprenticeships, interested applicants must complete a State of North Carolina Employment Application, as well as other required documents, which can be found on the NCDOT Public Transportation Division website under the “Apprenticeships and Internships” heading.   The NCDOT Public Transportation Division awards grant funds to local public transportation systems. These grants enable systems to provide people in all 100 counties access to education, job opportunities and health care. For more information on grant programs through the Public Transportation Division of NCDOT, as well as transit systems that serve the public throughout the state, visit www.ncdot.gov/nctransit. ***NCDOT*** PTD
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2/27/2014: Applications Now Being Accepted for the Public Transportation Apprenticeship and Internship Programs - Application period extended to March 26

Applications Now Being Accepted for the Public Transportation Apprenticeship and Internship Programs - Application period extended to March 26

Posted 2/27/2014 3:24:07 PM

RALEIGH — Experience in a chosen field is an important thing to have when looking for a job; however, getting that initial experience in the first place can be challenging. For current college seniors and graduate students, the N.C. Department of Transportation Public Transportation Division’s Apprenticeship and Internship programs offer the real-world experience necessary to pursue a career in the field of public transportation. Due to recent winter weather, the application period has been extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 26.   The Public Transportation Internship Program gives graduate students the opportunity to work in the field of public transportation while completing their graduate degree. One internship is available through this year’s program with Chapel Hill Transit in Orange County. More information on the 12-month paid internship can be found here.   The Public Transportation Apprenticeship Program gives current college seniors the opportunity to work in the field of public transportation management upon receiving their undergraduate degree. A total of nine apprenticeships are available in Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, Fayetteville, the Triangle and Wilmington. More information on the 12-month paid apprenticeships can be found here.   To apply for the internship or one of the nine apprenticeships, interested applicants must complete a State of North Carolina Employment Application, as well as other required documents, which can be found on the NCDOT Public Transportation Division website under the “Apprenticeships and Internships” heading.   The NCDOT Public Transportation Division awards grant funds to local public transportation systems. These grants enable systems to provide people in all 100 counties access to education, job opportunities and health care. For more information on grant programs through the Public Transportation Division of NCDOT, as well as transit systems that serve the public throughout the state, visit www.ncdot.gov/nctransit. ***NCDOT*** PTD
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1/16/2014: Collins Named NCDOT Public Transportation Division Director

Collins Named NCDOT Public Transportation Division Director

Posted 1/16/2014 5:38:35 PM

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation today announced Debra Collins as the new director of the department’s Public Transportation Division. Collins begins her new duties on Feb. 1 and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the division, which fosters the development of intercity, urban and rural public transportation in North Carolina. “Debra is a seasoned professional with a deep knowledge of public transportation,” said NCDOT Deputy Secretary for Transit Richard Walls. “Her experience and expertise will not only be of great benefit to the division, but also to the public transportation systems serving all 100 counties of North Carolina.” Collins comes to NCDOT from N.C. State University’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) where she currently serves as co-director of the Institute’s Public Transportation Group, as well as program manager for the Urban Transit Assistance Program and manager of the North Carolina Transit Program. Prior to her time at ITRE, Collins worked with the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation, the Virginia Highway and Transportation Research Council and the City of High Point, and held several positions with the Winston-Salem Transit Authority. She is a 1977 graduate of Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va. where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science. She also holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. In addition to her work experience and participation in several national public transportation projects, Collins has served on several boards and committees including the North Carolina Public Transportation Association, the American Public Transit Association (APTA) Technology Procurement Working Group and the Institute of Transportation Engineers Technical Advisory Group on Planning for ITS Transit Training Standards Modules. She was also the recipient of the NCDOT Governor’s Award for Public Transportation in 2000. A native of Lexington, Va., Collins lives in Salisbury with her husband, Rip. The couple has two children, Will and Casey. Her salary will be $98,446 a year. The NCDOT Public Transportation Division awards grant funds to local public transportation systems. These grants enable systems to provide people in all 100 counties access to education, job opportunities and health care. For more information on grant programs through the Public Transportation Division of NCDOT, as well as transit systems that serve the public throughout the state, visit www.ncdot.gov/nctransit. ***NCDOT***
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6/18/2013: Public Transportation Helps Feed Residents of Rutherford County

Public Transportation Helps Feed Residents of Rutherford County

Posted 6/18/2013 10:40:17 AM

RALEIGH — With the assistance of funds through the N.C. Department of Transportation, Rutherford County Transit is helping connect those in need with a local food bank through a unique partnership. In January, after seeing signs along the side of the road numerous times advertising free food at Storehouse Pantry, a local food pantry, Rutherford County Transportation Services Director Kerry Giles decided to learn more about the service and investigate ways that the transit system could help get the food to those who need it the most. Within a week, Rutherford County Transit began offering free transportation to Storehouse Pantry on Thursdays to residents who don’t have access to transportation. “This partnership is a perfect marriage of services,” said Giles. “The pantry provides the food and we eliminate the transportation barrier, ensuring that people are able to get to the food that they need – it just made sense.” Approximately 100 residents use the service a month, and Giles is looking at ways to increase those numbers. “We use five vans that seat eight people. With food onboard, we can only fit four people on each vehicle,” said Giles. “We’re working with local churches to set up a schedule where they use their vehicles to transport the food so we can fill our vans with more people.” In addition to transporting more people per vehicle, Rutherford County Transit is also looking at expanding hours of the service, which would enable the system to possibly schedule two runs per vehicle. They’re also running some routes on Tuesdays to accommodate residents from areas with a higher need. Giles is also looking to partner with other free food distribution sites in the area to increase the amount of food making its way to those who need it in Rutherford County. How it Works: Every Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Rutherford County Transit vans pick up residents of various communities. The current schedule is as follows: •    1st Thursday – Forest City, Cliffside and Henrietta; •    2nd Thursday – Rutherfordton, Spindale, Ruth and Green Hill; •    3rd Thursday – Sunshine, Bostic and Golden Valley; and •    4th Thursday – Ellenboro, Mooresboro and Harris. The service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to limited seating, interested riders must call in advance to reserve a seat. Upon arrival, riders must bring a form of identification, as well as proof of residency, such as a utility bill. Storehouse Pantry requires anyone interested in receiving free food to fill out an eligibility form. Residents can only ride once a month. One person per household, 18-years-old or older, can ride. No coolers can be brought on board and cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. NCDOT’s Public Transportation Division (PTD) supports Rutherford County Transit through the Rural Operating Assistance Program. NCDOT-PTD awards grant funds to local public transportation systems. These grants enable systems to provide people in all 100 counties access to education, job opportunities and health care. For more information on grant programs through the Public Transportation Division of NCDOT, as well as transit systems that serve the public throughout the state, visit www.ncdot.gov/nctransit. ***NCDOT*** PTD
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Rutherford County Transit Driver Earl Crowder, right; and a passenger loading food into a transit vehicle.
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