The N.C. Department of Transportation holds a variety of programs to reach students of all ages across the state, to help bring greater awareness to careers in transportation. The programs include:
- NCDOT's Career Exploration Program, a job shadowing opportunity in which high school students spend time with N.C. Department of Transportation staff in fields that include construction, aviation, rail, bike and pedestrian and communications
- Construction Career Days to encourage students to think about careers in STEM-related fields and to understand the different careers and pathways within these areas
- National Summer Transportation Institute Program, a transportation-focused career awareness initiative designed to introduce secondary school students to all modes of transportation-related careers, provide academic enhancement activities and encourage students to pursue transportation-related courses of study at the college/university level. Students typically spend 2-4 weeks on some of the most prominent college/university campuses in the country.
NCDOT, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration is accepting Statements of Work for the 2017 National Summer Transportation Institute Program for all historically black colleges and universities. Submit your completed application and budget tables (download the application packet) by Nov. 30, 2016. For additional information, contact JoAna McCoy at (919) 508-1875.
- Model Bridge Building Competition for middle- and high-school students to test their skills in problem-solving strategies, critical thinking, brainstorming and design while building a model truss bridge
- Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, which promotes engineering as a desirable career option to young women.
Students have the opportunity to participate in hands-on transportation related engineering activities and also participate in a question and answer session with some of the department's female engineers from various disciplines. Engineers also share the daily duties and skills necessary for their jobs while encouraging young women to maintain their math and science skills, which are necessary to enter programs in college.
For more information about how your school can participate in these programs, call 919-508-1875, or send a message.