Center Update

Transit Summer Youth Programs Provide Career Pathways Experience in Boston and Philadelphia     

TranSTEM Summer Youth Employment Program Graduates

SEPTA Summer Youth Employment Program Graduates

This summer, high school students gained valuable experience through summer youth programs with the transit systems in Boston and Philadelphia.  SEPTA and TWU Local 234 completed their 7th annual summer program, while Boston initiated its first.  More detail about and photos from Boston can be found in this Bay State Banner article.  For more information about how the Philadelphia program operates and participants' reactions, see the PowerPoint Presentation developed by Keystone Development Partnership Director Stu Bass.  

For more photos, visit the Center's Facebook Page.

Career Pathways/Career Ladders Round Table Conference - September 17, 2014 in Silver Spring Maryland
The Transportation Learning Center's planning for the September 17 Career Pathways/Career Ladders Roundtable Conference is entering its final stages, and the meeting is almost filled to capacity.  Instead of the usual conference format of panel presentations and questions to the panel, the Roundtable Conference will offer lively interactive sessions focusing on the following topics:

*   Creating and Building on Career Ladders and Pathways in Transit:  An
    Examination of Need, Opportunities and Frameworks  
*   Outreach and Engagement: Effective Practices and Stakeholder
*   Mentoring for Pathways and Ladders
*   The Critical Role of Apprenticeship and Rigorous Career Ladder
*   Education Programs as Stakeholders in the Pathways and Ladders
*   Stakeholder Engagement: Opportunities and Challenges  

The conference takes place in Silver Spring, Maryland.  There are just one or two spaces left for interested participants.  You may contact Pat Greenfield if you are interested in attending.

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Public Transportation
The Daily Journal - August 29, 2014
After 15 years leading the San Mateo County Transit District, CEO Mike Scanlon is moving on.  Scanlon, 67, informed the SamTrans Board of Directors on Wednesday he is retiring, ending a nearly 50-year public transportation career.  In his written notice of intent to Chair Jeff Gee and the board, Scanlon called his 15 years with the agency "challenging, fulfilling and fundamentally enjoyable." Stepping down, he wrote, "will be difficult for me."
AASHTO - August 29, 2014
Taking a page from popular online social-sharing quiz sites like Buzzfeed, the American Public Transit Association this week launched an online quiz based on recent research into how the millennial generation - those 18-34 years old - travel around a city.  According to APTA, the large and diverse millennial generation is having an impact on today's and tomorrow's local transportation system.
Transit System/Partners
Gigaom - August 25, 2014
At 3:20 a.m. on August 24, an alarm went off at Bay Area transit provider BART's offices: An earthquake was approaching, and the shaking would start in 10 seconds.  By the time the trembles reached BART's tracks in the East Bay and San Francisco, they had become mild enough that no extra safety measures were necessary, BART board of directors member John McPartland said at a press conference Monday. But had the earthquake happened while trains were running at an intensity of a 3.1 earthquake or higher, the warning would have prompted trains traveling at 30 MPH or less to stop, and trains moving faster to slow.
Fox - August 29, 2014
The Utah Transit Authority has come under fire this week after a legislative audit indicated issues, citizens petitioned, and a state lawmaker called for a criminal investigation; on Friday, officials issued a statement regarding the audit and media coverage that has come in the wake of that audit.  The full statement, titled "UTA Statement on Legislative Audit", is reproduced below:  Management at the Utah Transit Authority would like to clarify some confusion from early media reports on the Legislative Audit conducted on the business practices of UTA.
Labor News
Pasadena Star - August 30, 2014
After years of suffering through the poor economy reflected in a nationwide anti-union movement and reduced pay, labor is ready to rebound and begin to again be part of the national discussion.  "There were some significant setbacks nationally," said Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Downtown Labor Center. "In Wisconsin and Michigan, there was the right-to-work laws passed and, in Tennessee, the United Auto Workers suffered some serious losses. 
Workforce Development
Workforce One - August 22, 2014
The U.S. workforce is in crisis. Today, 36 million adults in our country are considered low-skilled. This means about 1 in 6 American adults lack the ability to spell, read, and write and about 1 in 3 lack the ability to do basic math. These are the basic skills that 21st century employers need as they look to fill millions of current job vacancies. Meanwhile, the majority of working adults with low skills earn meager wages with little to no pathways for career advancement into the middle class. The skills gap also has serious social and economic implications for an individual's overall quality of life. Adults with low skills are also four times more likely to report poor to fair health than those with higher skills. Needless to say, the economic consequences for our country are significant.
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