Fresno County Afterschool Transportation Education

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Fresno County Afterschool Transportation Education


Transportation is a critical infrastructure, and K–12 students benefit from understanding the industry and how it impacts their lives. This comprehensive report investigates the landscape of transportation education via the lens of the Madera Unified School District's afterschool programs, thus highlighting its crucial role in shaping the futures of students and, consequently, society. It further explores the substantial enhancements in learning, career readiness, and societal awareness that can be achieved through the strategic incorporation of transportation concepts into K–12 education, augmented by the support of afterschool programs and online educational technologies. The study tackles challenges and explores ways to make learning engaging, using afterschool programs and online tools. Real-world examples show how this education sparks student interest and builds problem-solving skills. Ultimately, results indicate the necessity of a comprehensive approach to empower students for a sustainable and innovative future. By equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and awareness for a rapidly evolving world, educators can cultivate a well-informed, skilled, and innovative future workforce prepared to navigate the complexities of a sustainable and progressive global society.



Dr. Wandeler is an associate professor in research methods and statistics at the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at California State University, Fresno. He is a faculty fellow at the Fresno State Transportation Institute and has developed active transportation-related learning experiences for K–12. His research interests are the development of hope and learning achievement, project-based learning, and self-managing teams. An example of an active transportation related project can be found here


Imagine education not confined to classrooms, but woven into the fabric of everyday life. This is the vision of Dr. Mercado, a man who tirelessly builds bridges between academic rigor, real-world experience, and heartfelt compassion. As a former elementary principal, Mercado ignited curiosity within young minds, fostering understanding and inclusivity. Now, at California State University, Fresno, his passion extends beyond campus walls. His latest project, a transformative transportation initiative, epitomizes this dedication. It champions sustainable development and community engagement, aligning perfectly with Mercado’s belief in education’s transformative power. Dr. Mercado’s expertise transcends traditional boundaries. Certified in compassion and happiness coaching, he featured in an EMMY Award-winning documentary, tackling complex social issues with sensitivity and insight. His blog, “The Authentic Self,” dispenses practical advice on finding personal fulfillment, while his involvement in community organizations reflects his commitment to societal progress.

June 2024
Transportation education
Transportation careers
Afterschool activities
Transportation curriculum



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