As part of the mission of SETWC, we will be engaging regional education partners including K-12, technical programs, community colleges, and universities to:

  • Compile a list of transportation related education programs in the region,
  • Identify effective practices for recruiting students to transportation fields,
  • Identify gaps and areas of need for workforce demands,
  • Facilitate partnerships to address gaps, and
  • Align the transportation workforce pipeline efforts and programming to regional job needs and priorities.

Opportunities for involvement include joining our steering committee, participating in SETWC stakeholder meetings, and providing information about existing programs for inclusion in the SETWC compendium. For more information, or to get involved, contact SETWC's education coordinator, Dr. Stephanie Ivey at


Click here to access curriculum from the 2016 program

The SETWC Transportation Academy for high school students is designed to showcase the diversity of career
opportunities in transportation, with particular emphasis on the robust transportation and logistics industry in
Memphis. The Academy includes both an intensive summer institute and academic-year workshops so that
students remain engaged with program faculty and industry leaders throughout an entire calendar year. The
goal of the Academy is to increase the number of students intentionally choosing transportation as their career

What is the SETWC Transportation Academy program model?

• 20 high school students per year (rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors)
• Week-long intensive summer institute that includes field trips highlighting 'industry-in-action'
• 4 academic year workshops continuing the conversation and engaging students in further exploration of
transportation careers (after school and weekends)
• Content includes state-of-practice discussions and learning sessions, hands-on activities, and visits from
industry professionals to feature a variety of career pathways, modes, and disciplines
• Small-group mentoring with undergraduate and graduate students pursuing transportation careers
• Recognition during a graduation ceremony at the annual Choosing Transportation Summit hosted by
SETWC each spring

What is the value to sponsoring companies?

• Opportunity to introduce transportation careers and highlight company mission, values, and career
options to the next generation workforce;
• Direct access to undergraduate and graduate students who are serving as program mentors and are
interested in the transportation industry; and
• Ability to move the needle in addressing transportation workforce challenges through partnership with
SETWC in this initiative.
What does a company's time commitment look like?
Companies sponsoring the Academy will be asked to spend a total of 5 hours per year, which includes:
• Providing a speaker (or group of speakers) to visit with students and share information about their
personal career path and types of workers employed by the company during the summer institute or
academic year workshops (1 hour)
• Providing professionals to attend final competition/presentation during summer institute as industry judges
(est. 2 hours).
• Coordinating an office or industry tour for Academy participants (2 hours)
• Company representatives will also be asked to provide feedback via an online survey regarding their
experience with the program
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Contact Meredith Powers for more information (


For Teachers

National Employability Skills Framework   

Central clearinghouse on resources for instruction and assessment for employability skills

Strengthening Skills Training & Career Pathways Across the Transportation Industry       

Fact sheet and full report examining six subsectors in transportation including:  trucking, highway construction and maintenance, transit and ground passenger transportation, rail, air, and maritime transportation

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL) Competency Model         

Collaboratively developed competency model highlighting personal, academic, workplace, industry, and sector competencies necessary for success in TDL careers 

Heavy Highway Civil Construction Competency Model                       

Collaboratively developed competency model highlighting personal, academic, workplace, industry, and sector competencies necessary for success in highway civil construction careers

Transportation Lesson Plans (       

Resources developed through Career Clusters partnership between US Department of Transportation and National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education, including transportation careers modules, fully tested problem-based scenarios, and other materials to support integration of transportation topics in the classroom

Transportation Lesson Plans (from University of Memphis Transportation Engineering Careers program)           

Standards-based lesson plans integrating science, technology, engineering, and math content in hands-on, problem-based format set within a transportation context

Go!  Exploring the World of Transportation             

Web resource containing career information, curriculum, articles, and comics related to transportation

For Students

Fast Forward       

Comprehensive, interactive web resource containing transportation career profiles, video interviews of transportation professionals, career exploration newsletter, and transportation-related scholarship and internship opportunities

US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Careers            

Resources highlighting FHWA careers, the online application process, and internship programs

US Department of Transportation Careers in Motion             

Student Employment Initiative resources including internships, volunteer opportunities, descriptions of jobs by college major, and tips for getting prepared for a career with US DOT

O*NET OnLine Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Career Cluster           

Career resources including job categories, detailed work descriptions, and required skills, knowledge, education, and/or certifications for transportation career cluster occupations with links to job openings, apprenticeships, and training programs

West Tennessee STEM Hub                 

Transportation fact sheets and professional profiles (STEM Spotlights) highlighting transportation career opportunities