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.

This is a valuable opportunity for high school students whether they are interested in transportation or not. They earn college credit, are exposed to university life, and get an inside look at Bay Area businesses that impact the day-to-day activities of hundreds of thousands of people. The experiences alone tend to be monumental takeaways. 

2019 Summer Transportation Institute (STI)

MTI's 2019 STI will be held weekdays, June 10-28, 2019. Students will earn 3 transferable college credits in Environmental Studies from San José State University, go on field trips, and engage in hands-on activities, all focused on transportation. The program is completely free and is open to high school students in the San José area. This year, there will also be a competition for up to 12 students (graduating seniors not eligible for this part of the program) to attend the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida -- all expenses paid (mid-July)! Classes will take place at San José State University and Independence High School in San José.

Take a look at pictures from the 2018 MSTI program and the SJSU National Flight Academy Class of 2018-09

For more information about STI, please contact Irma Garcia.

2018 STI Flyer (2019 flyer coming soon!)

2018 Video

2017 Video

2016 Video

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.