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Transportation Educational Development for K-12

The Office of Administration (HAD) supports efforts to build awareness and interest in future careers in transportation among K-12 students. Programs and products help provide the skills necessary to succeed as members of tomorrow's transportation workforce. The HAD also manages activities that integrate transportation into college and university programs striving to increase the number of post-secondary students interested in pursuing transportation-related careers. The HAD provides management, leadership, and coordination for student transportation education programs to support the development of highly skilled individuals for the transportation workforce.


Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program

The Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program improves the preparation of students, particularly women and minorities, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through curriculum development and other activities related to transportation. As the nation's need for a highly skilled, diverse, and multi-disciplinary transportation workforce continues to grow, the program hopes to "Prepare today's youth to become tomorrow's transportation professionals." The program:

  • Builds a bridge between America's youth and the transportation community
  • Improves elementary and secondary (K-12) level students' skills in STEM through curriculum development, internships, mentoring programs, and other transportation-related activities
  • Facilitates partnerships among government, academia, and the private sector
  • Increases the understanding of the transportation industry and careers, and advancing transportation workforce development

National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI)

In an effort to support the development of a diverse, well-qualified workforce for the 21st century transportation industry, the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) Program serves to increase awareness and stimulate interest in transportation to middle and high school students. NSTI is a two to four week Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) - focused program that exposes students to the transportation and encourages them to pursue transportation-related courses of study at the college and university level.

Institutions of higher education host students to introduce them to all modes of transportation. Accredited colleges and universities are selected as host sites upon application to a State DOT, which provides oversight along with program support and guidance from the FHWA Division Office.

National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) questions, please contact Program Manager Joyce Gottlieb at (202) 366-9495 or at

NSTI Videos

To create awareness of career choices and opportunities existing in today’s transportation industry, the FHWA established the National Summer Transportation Institute Program (NSTI) to develop the human potential of middle and high school students. Check out the three videos below to learn more about NSTI and the impact on students.

National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI): Program Overview

National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI): A State Department of Transportation’s Perspective

National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI): A University and a Student’s Perspective