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Choosing Transportation Summit Exceeds Expectations!


SETWC recenlty held a two-day professional conference in Memphis,TN focused on challenges and opportunities related to attracting, retaining, and developing a skilled transportation workforce.   Highlights of the event included:


  • Annual Blue Pump Gala, which is a fundraiser that supports scholarships for female students pursuing transportation-related majors at the University of Memphis.
  • A Transportation Summit for high school students, conducted on the second day of the event, engaging over 100 high school students and teachers in a variety of sessions to increase their awareness of and interest in transportation careers.
  • A Transportation Expo - new for 2017 - providing 28 companies/organizations a traditional vendor outlet during the professional conference, a career fair opportunity for mid-south area college students and an expo-style experience for high school students.


Mark your calendar for March 28, 2018 for the 2018 Choosing Transportation Summit!


Job Needs and Priorities Report

The SETWC is pleased to announce the release of the both the Phase I and Phase II Job Needs and Priorities Reports for our region. SETWC staff convened numerous focus groups, interviews, and discussions to obtain feedback from regional stakeholders and develop the Phase II report outlining prioritized action items for the region. Please click here to view/ download the reports and provide your feedback!  If you would like to be included on one of the Strategic Action Plan Teams, please contact Dr. Stephanie Ivey.

Southeast Transportation Workforce Center


Who We Are

The University of Memphis (UofM) is the home of the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center (SETWC) and is part of the National Network for Transportation Workforce. The national network includes 5 regional centers hosted at the UofM, the University of Vermont, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Montana State University and California State University- Long Beach. The network structure allows sharing of best practices and leveraging of resources across the nation to improve transportation workforce outcomes. The national network is funded by the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Vision, Mission & Goals

The vision of SETWC is that the work of the center in concert with regional partners will lead to a right-sized, career-ready transportation workforce being produced in the southeast region.

The mission of SETWC is to coordinate existing regionally based programs, plans, and processes and to strategically create partnerships to ensure that students and persons seeking workforce reentry, career transition, or career advancement are aware of opportunities, required education, skills, training, and ladders to success within the regional transportation workforce.

The goals of SETWC include:

  • Identify regional transportation job needs and priorities;
  • Catalog existing training programs from K-12 through professional development;
  • Evaluate existing programs for scale and replication;
  • Identify education and training gaps;
  • Develop resources to bridge identified gaps; and
  • Fully engage in the national network to showcase successful programs and practices and to increase impact in the southeast region

Broad Regional Scope, Unique National Expertise

SETWC serves a 12-state region in the southeastern United States as well as Puerto Rico. While the center addresses the broad goals of transportation workforce development throughout the region, it also focuses on the following areas of national expertise:

  • Women in transportation
  • Freight (including rail, truck, warehousing and logistics)
  • Military/veteran transition into the transportation workforce.

For a printable version of our fact sheet, please click here.