Southeast Transportation Workforce Center

Choosing Transportation March 4-5 2020

March 21-22, 2019 - 5th Annual Choosing Transportation Summit!


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SETWC is developing a series of profiles of transportation professionals to help students and prospective workers learn more about transportation careers. These engaging, high-interest materials will showcase diverse professionals from a variety of transportation occupations and points in the career path.

Click here for an information sheet> this will explain how to get started on your transportation spotlight, or help you explain the next steps to your colleagues. Please email Meredith.Powers@memphis.edu if any questions.

We are excited to launch a new spotlight each week, and soon a complete listing will be available on our website.

  • Liesel Goethert, Senior Transportation Planner, KCI Technologies, Inc.
  • Bernadette Gray, Managing Director, Freight Analysis, FedEx Freight
  • Steve Allen, Director, Strategic Transportation Investments Division, Tennessee Department of Transportation
  • Victoria McDaniel, Associate, Logistics Client & Talent Solutions, Vaco
  • Dr. Dongmei "Maggie" Lin, Transportation Engineer, DKS Associates
  • Lisa Dunn, Program Monitor Supervisor, Tennessee Department of Transportation
  • Jeffrey J. P. Land, Attorney, Jeffrey J.P. Land, Attorney at Law
  • Jamey Kitlinski, Administrative Assistant to the Managing Director, Harrisburg District Operations, FedEx Freight
  • Virginia Epperly, P.E., Complex Structures Engineer, Virginia Department of Transportation
  • Michael Rebick, P.E., an ITS Project Engineer, TRC Engineers
  • Richard Mallory, Account Executive, Mallory Alexander International Logistics
  • Jameo D. Pollock, M.Ed., Statewide Technical Training Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation
  • JaMichael Smith, Commercial Operations Analyst, MARS Petcare, Inc.
  • Patrick Son, Managing Director, National Operations Center of Excellence
  • Keith Williams, P.E. PTOE, District Traffic Engineer, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
  • Katie Blose, Regional Safety and Compliance Manager, DBi Services, LCC.
  • Chelsea S. Jackson, Core Development Program (CDP) Business Associate (IT Division) with the Virginia Department of Transportation!
  • Jessi Jones, Cargo Specialist Supervisor-OTR, Intermodal Cartage Company
  • Kayla Holcomb, Transportation Operations Specialist, Gannett Fleming.
  • Doreen Ng-Sui-Hing, E.I.T, a District Project Controls Engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation
  • Greg Dotson, Engineering Manager with Neel Schaffer, Inc.
  • Donna Mooney, Vice President of HR with Titan Transfer
  • Jason McCartney, a Senior Transportation Operations Engineer with Gannett Fleming
  • Janet Luessenheide, a Traffic Engineer Technician with the City of Overland Park, Kansas
  • Paul Young, Director, Division of Housing and Community Development for the City of Memphis.
  • Tony Kratofil, a Metro Region Engineer with Michigan's Department of Transportation
  • Calvin Abram with the Tennessee Department of Transportation's Office of Community Transportation
  • Pete Reddan, Assistant Chief of Instruction, CTI Professional Flight Training

National Transportation Career Pathways Initiative

The National Network for the Transportation Workforce (NNTW) is undertaking an FHWA-sponsored National Transportation Career Pathways Initiative (NTCPI) to address workforce challenges related to the limited pipeline of potential workers, evolving job requirements, and poor visibility and understanding of transportation career pathways. The initiative focuses on priority occupations in the following five areas: Engineering, Environment, Operations, Planning, and Safety. The NTCPI project includes identification of priority occupations, skill and competency requirements, and available training or education programs followed by development of career pathways and demonstration program plans to address workforce challenges in priority occupations within each focus area.

SETWC is leading the NTCPI Operations focus, and has formed a Discipline Working Group of industry experts to inform the initiative. The list of priority occupations can be viewed here. Review findings from the national stakeholder survey here. All transportation operations stakeholders also have the opportunity to review the resulting competency models and provide feedback. Review the year 1 executive summary and data here. Learn more about this national initiative here!

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
  • Identify education and training gaps
  • Develop partnerships and initiatives to bridge identified gaps
  • Fully engage regional stakeholders 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:

  • Diversity (particularly women in transportation)
  • Freight (including rail, truck, warehousing and logistics)
  • Transportation operations.

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

This material is based upon work supported by the Federal Highway Administration under Agreement No. DTFH6114H00025 & DTFH6116H00030. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Federal Highway Administration.