High school students in the Pennsylvania area are gearing up to attend Cheyney University’s National Summer Transportation Institute. According to a university press release, the program is in support of the Federal Highway Administration’s vision to develop a diverse, well-qualified workforce for the transportation industry in the 21st century.
The NSTI is a 4-week, non-residential program in which students are introduced to different careers in the field of transportation. Several activities throughout the program will serve to give students an opportunity to develop their understanding of the field and apply their knowledge to real life situations. Students attend lectures and speak with individuals and organizations in order to formulate solutions to transportation problems faced by the community. They will also build a model bridge under supervision.
The program also consists of field trips to places such as the Chester County and Philadelphia airports, the Helicopter Museum and the Port Authority. The program will begin on July 25th and continue until August 19th.
The NSTI has been held at CU since its national inception in 1993. To date, the NSTI is held at 67 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The goal of the NSTI is to allow secondary school students to become familiarized with careers in the field of transportation and to promote growth in the field. The host site structure of the national program serves to afford students from all over the country the opportunity to participate.