SURTC director Jill Hough was recently featured in Progressive Railroading. She discussed her work as chair of the National Transit Curriculum Advisory Committee, a group that has been developing a standard curriculum for a semester-long college course on public transportation that could be offered by universities nationwide. Read the article here: Curriculum aims to get college students thinking about careers in public transportation
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A recently published Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) report provides guidance for transit systems that are having difficulties filling management positions and have limited human resource management resources.
TCRP Report 139: Guidebook for Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Transit Managers for Fixed-Route Bus and Paratransit Systems provides resources to assist transit systems in the recruitment, development, and retention of managers. This Guidebook is designed primarily to address the needs of rural and small urban transit systems, with information for fixed-route, demand response, and ADA paratransit systems.
Students surveyed as part of a study on public transportation workforce development generally didn’t express strong attitudes toward internships or careers in the industry. For the few internship and career characteristics that students did have opinions the perceptions were negative. These characteristics included the belief that work in transit is uninteresting, unchallenging, and does not provide the opportunity to be creative. Project investigators David Ripplinger and Jill Hough of the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center believe that these perceptions may be due to students having little knowledge of the career opportunities in transit.
Students were surveyed to identify attitudes and behaviors that impact their choice of academic major, internship, and career, their perceptions of internships and careers in public transportation, and use of job search methods. More than 1,000 students at North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Minnesota State Community and Technical College participated in the study. The project report can be found online at http://www.ugpti.org/pubs/pdf/DP229.pdf.
A Transportation Seminar titled “Transportation Workforce Development – Are We Ready?” will be held Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 422 of the IACC building on the North Dakota State University campus. Workforce Development is a popular term these days, particularly given the changing demographics as ‘baby-boomers’ enter retirement. Much attention is being given to understanding the transportation workforce needs as well as attracting and preparing the next generations of transportation personnel. Join us to hear about and participate in discussions regarding educating, attracting, and retaining workforce within the transportation industry.
The Small Urban & Rural Transit Center recently held a public transportation workforce development summit in Fargo, ND. Participants included current transit professionals from all around the country, representatives from higher educational institutions, and current undergraduate and graduate students. Breakout sessions focused on internships, higher education, and workforce retention. Presentations and additional information from the summit can be found at http://www.surtc.org/workforcesummit/.