The N.C. Department of Transportation's Office of Historically Black Colleges and Universities Outreach Program educates the public and builds strategic alliances that support NCDOT’s commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse workforce through its engagement with HBCU and minority serving institutions.
The program focuses on recruitment, innovation, research and development, education, and engagement. These are components essential to achieve NCDOT’s mission of “connecting people, products, and places safely and efficiently with customer focus, accountability and environmental sensitivity to enhance the economy and vitality of North Carolina.”
As a multimodal transportation agency, the department manages the state’s highways, ferries, aviation, rail, public transit, and bicycle and pedestrian paths. The HBCU Outreach Program strengthens this development through the cultivation of diverse students and strategic alliances with HBCU/MSI.
Through outreach efforts, students and alumni of HBCU/MSI are provided the opportunity to work with NCDOT professionals as interns and fellows while the institutions can create innovative and cutting-edge research projects supporting transportation.