Summer Transportation Institute
High school students who live in the San Jose, California area can learn about transportation careers through a free, three-week on-campus session at San Jose State University. The Summer Transportation Institute introduces students to principles of transportation systems development, construction, management, technology, intermodal systems, and environmental impact. Students come away understanding the career opportunities in the transportation industry, and they are encouraged to pursue college degrees that prepare them for transportation careers.
Students have described the program as a “once-in-a-lifetime experience.” A previous participant from Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, CA said, “The class was more than I imagined and surpassed all my expectations! The class lectures…were interesting. The projects and field trips were awesome!”
The course qualifies for three FREE college credits in environmental studies through San Jose State University.
About the program
MTI’s “Summer Transportation Institute” is part of the “National Summer Transportation Institute Program” funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Established in 1998, the program is designed to promote awareness of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational and career opportunities among disadvantaged and at-risk middle and high school students around the country.
Participation is free for students who have an interest in learning more about the transportation industry; its various modes – such as, highways, aviation, transit, and maritime; pathways to post-secondary education concentrating on one or more aspects of transportation; and the career opportunities available. In addition to Federal funding, the NSTI program receives support from local sponsors, such as area businesses and community-based organizations, and from the higher education institutions serving as host sites.