The Office of HBCU Outreach is an important and integral part of the N.C. Department of Transportation, as it serves to educate the public and build strategic alliances that support NCDOT’s commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse workforce.
This initiative is multifaceted with laser focus on recruitment, innovation, research, development, education and engagement – 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, NCDOT manages the state’s highways, ferries, aviation, rail, transit, bicycle and pedestrian transportation pathways. The Office of HBCU Outreach strengthens this service delivery and product development through:
- Cultivation of diverse students from historically black colleges and universities as well as minority-serving institutions
- Strategic alliances with institutions of higher education
Students have opportunity to work alongside NCDOT professionals as interns and fellows while the institutions have opportunity to create innovative and cutting-edge research projects that shape and support advances in the transportation industry.
The Office of HBCU Outreach is guided by its mission to create inclusion and opportunities for HBCUs/MSIs in the transportation industry; and its vision, to expand and diversify the transportation industry through the power of inclusion and by strengthening the sustainable impact of North Carolina’s historically black colleges and universities.