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The NTC will continue to enhance its degree-granting programs by building on our faculty’s history of success in translating research findings into classroom activities and course curriculum. Our consortium will offer opportunities that enable students to expand what has been taught in the classroom to other environments. Internships, participation on research projects, and involvement in student organizations allow students to apply their knowledge to real-world situations. Through their work on research projects, students gain significant experiential learning in the technical aspects of conducting and documenting research. They also gain valuable experience in establishing working relationships with research team members and professionals who are sponsoring the research or serving as technical advisors. The research projects provide support for students representing a variety of transportation-related disciplines.
Our consortium has shown, and will continue to demonstrate, a commitment to transportation workforce development through training for professionals. The consortium will provide a number of opportunities for professionals to hone their skills and secure professional development credits. We capitalize on our history of successful training programs to expand our training opportunities for practicing professionals. Due to space limitation, we can only provide a small sample of ongoing workforce development activities led by UMD that will be supported and expanded by the NTC. The total number of current seminars, workshops, and training courses at all member universities exceed 80 per year.
The Consortium for ITS training and education: CITE, led by the UMD, provides transportation engineering students and professionals with an integrated curriculum covering technologies and management subjects. CITE will continue to offer more than 30 interactive web-based courses for transportation professionals, and college students.
Operations academy senior management program: The program addresses the increased need for management personnel with transportation management and operations skills. The academy provides opportunities to put classroom and field experiences to use in solving real-world problems.