On Thursday, November 12 from 3:15-4:30 pm ET the Northeast Center of the National Transportation Network and the National Association of State Directors for Career Technical Education co-sponsored a webinar entitled “Innovative Teaching and Transportation Industry Partnerships”. This webinar featured teachers, administrators and industry partners who provided insights and examples of innovative programs and teaching models when delivering transportation related curricula for high school students. Speakers and topics included:
Andrea Zimmermann is the State Policy Associate at the National Association of State Directors for Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc). The NASDCTEc was established to represent the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across the nation. NASDCTEc aims to support an innovative CTE system that prepares individuals to succeed in education and their careers and poises the United States to flourish in a global, dynamic economy through leadership, advocacy and partnerships.
Kathy DePiro, with the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center is the Logistics Materials Management program instructor. The three/four year, half day program enrolls students grades 9-12. While the program runs a live warehouse, the primary hands-on instruction is the operation of a fulfillment center for National Book Bank (First Book). Students receive instruction in movement, storage, control, and protection of materials. Students are also instructed on lift trucks, automated storage equipment and the UPS Worldship system. Students participate in a cooperative education experiences during the senior year.
Jeanine Gallina is the Career Program Developer/Coordinator at the WEMOCO Career and Technical Center at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES in Spencerport, New York. The school provides CTE programs for high school juniors and seniors in 19 different career areas. Students are at the center for half of their school day and at their district high school for the other half of the day. In this featured program the AASHTO TRACS kits are used in the 9th and 10th grade Career and Technical Education (CTE) Exploration program. The 9/10 program was designed to meet the needs of at-risk youth who would benefit from relevant application of academic curriculum. The NYDOT assists in arranging guest speakers and field trips and participates in preparing students for the AASHTO bridge building competition.
Shirley C. McCall, is the Director of the TransSTEM Academy at Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus in Washington, DC. The TransSTEM was established in 1991 as the first transportation studies academy in the Washington metropolitan area. Its mission is to expose students to transportation, engineering and other STEM-related disciplines. Close to 750 students have graduated since its inception. Over 85% of its graduates go on to two and four year colleges. Currently, there are 125 students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in TransSTEM. The program’s curricula is integrated with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Moreover, it offers career pathways in engineering, electro-mechanical technology training, and computer science.