Transportation YOU, a program of WTS International—the association for advancement of women in transportation—capped off its year-long programs occurring around the nation at its flagship DC Youth Summit. This event was created for select high-school girls who have shown an interest in learning more about career opportunities in the industry.
“The success of the future of the transportation industry lies in its most important asset—its workforce—and its future leaders must be gender-diverse to be successful,” said Marcia Ferranto, WTS International’s president and chief executive officer. “WTS International created Transportation YOU and this flagship DC Summit program to show young girls that developing their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) talents can lead to a challenging and highly rewarding career in transportation.”
Spanning five days, the Transportation YOU DC Youth Summit included a visit to the US Department of Transportation by some of the young women who have chosen transportation as a career, and a meeting with Victor Mendez, deputy secretary of the US DOT. Besides visits to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to learn about data technologies and career paths, summit attendees embarked on a transportation technology academic challenge project coordinated by a special team from Rutgers and Carnegie Mellon.
The Transportation YOU initiative that takes place at the local level across WTS International’s 60 chapters was spearheaded by US DOT in partnership with WTS in 2010 with the signing of a memorandum of understanding. The program is a source of scholarship, internship, and networking opportunities. It links young women with professionals in the field, inspires them to pursue STEM-related coursework, and exposes them to career possibilities in the transportation industry not typically pursued by women.
For more information, contact Marcia Ferranto at 202-955-5085 or go to www.wtsinternational.org.