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Students Learn about Transportation at On-Campus Summer Camp

July 22, 2013

National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) campers visit the Chester County Airport as part of their field trip experiences

National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) campers visit the Chester County Airport as part of their field trip experiences

Summer is often the time when students take advantage of learning opportunities to enrich their education and explore career options. Thanks to a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation through the Federal Highway Administration,  Cheyney University of Pennsylvania served as a host site for the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) from July 15 through August 8.

Through an application process, 15 high school students from the Tri-state area of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey were selected to participate in the program at Cheyney University. These students are academically talented and demonstrated through their essays an interest in learning more about the transportation industry.

During the rigorous four-week program, students participated in standardized test preparatory classes, conducted research on intermodal transportation, and built model bridges. In addition, the students received coaching in public speaking and learned strategies for personal growth and development. The students also benefited from presentations by experts in the field of transportation.  Some of these specialists were engineers, aviation professionals, and bridge construction and design experts.  The students had the opportunity to discover the training required for a variety of careers in the field of transportation through weekly field trips and a transportation career fair.  Field trips included visits to the Chester County Airport, the Independence Seaport Museum, SEPTA, an alternative fuels program, an Amish Community and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Materials Testing Laboratory.  

The primary investigator (PI) for the grant was Sharon Cannon, Executive Director of the Economic and Workforce Development Center.  The NSTI staff included Dr. Victoria Johnson, director; Eva Blackwell, and Jordan Denson, activities guides.

"Cheyney University was proud to be among colleges and universities across the United States that served as host sites for the program," Cannon stated.  " The focus of the program is to address the need for a diverse workforce in the 21st century and to promote greater awareness of career opportunities within the transportation industry to middle and high school students."

Cheyney University has been a host site for the National Summer Transportation Institute for more than 12  years.