About Us

Who we are

The Northeast Transportation Workforce Center (NETWC) is one of five regional surface transportation workforce centers, established in 2014 by FHWA and is based at the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center (UVM TRC) in collaboration with The Center for Advanced Infrastructure & Transportation (CAIT). The Center serves 11 states and the District of Columbia. The Center part of the National Network for the Transportation Workforce (NNTW), and works closely with the FHWA Center for Transportation Workforce Development.


The Northeast Transportation Workforce Center (NETWC) is organized to make a significant contribution to ensuring the U.S. surface transportation system has a workforce that is resilient, skilled, efficient and effective in designing, operating, building and maintaining a 21st century transportation system that best supports the region and country’s social and economic vitality. NETWC builds strategic partnerships and engages regional and national stakeholders to develop a skilled and career-ready transportation workforce throughout the region.


The NETWC advances those tools, and will do so in the context of five strategic initiatives:

  1. Attracting tomorrow’s transportation workforce across the Northeast
  2. Building transportation Career Paths to the future
  3. Promoting and branding transportation as a green career
  4. Implementing succession planning and knowledge Management to increase organizational resilience
  5. Upskilling transportation’s current workforce to meet emerging challenges and opportunities

You can see more detail of each of these initiatives in the Phase II: Job Needs and Priority Report, and provide direct input into the most effective strategies to advance them by participating in our stakeholder survey.

Current Initiatives:

  • NETWC leads an initiative to promote and expand the Intelligent Transportation Systems Professional Capacity Building Program (ITS PCB) at US DOT.
  • NETWC is researching how informal K-12 education programs, such as the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) can employ better methods to track outcomes and create a collaborative resource base for transportation curriculum and resources that inspire students into transportation related post-secondary studies and careers.
  • As part of a consortium effort NETWC developed career pathway tools in key environmental fields (NTCPI) and created a pilot set of career profiles as a new initiative to help guide future transportation workers.
  • Investigated the emerging Clean Transportation Workforce, and developed new recommendations to support the growing alternative fuels industry

The National Network for the Transportation Workforce

The five centers are dedicated to the development of the transportation workforce, regionally and nationally.



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