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 Workforce Development - National and Regional Professional Development Programs

Purpose and Overview

The purpose of this online web site is to serve as a guide for various transit audiences to help them build a basic understanding of the range of professional career development programs, events, and opportunities that encourage workforce development in the public transportation industry. The listed resources range from early career professional development programs to board member seminars and executive education. Please visit this web site often as a way to both collect and share valuable career and professional development information.

The National View:

This online resource informs you about national training opportunities available across the career span of transportation professionals. You will find a sample of the national courses that are available to develop transportation professionals – from early career professional development programs to mid-managers to executive education or board member seminars.

The Local or Regional View:

This site also provides a platform to collect the spectrum of professional development programs that are offered by transportation agencies and business members. The valuable local and regional programs offered by APTA members, when captured on this site, can help serve the industry-wide commitment to developing the transportation workforce. Please join this APTA effort and provide information on the professional development programs that your organization provides.

The information and related links on this web site represent Phase One of this new web site. This spring, APTA will be expanding this web site to include links and promotional information on national, regional, and local programs that support transit career training and professional development programs for front-line employees in the areas of operations, maintenance, facilities, and more.

Visit any and all of the following sections: 


Board Member Training

National Programs

  • APTA Transit Board Member Seminar
    Professional development sessions focus on public transportation board members’ policy and governance roles as well as the support functions. Educational sessions are offered in areas such as the board’s fiduciary responsibility, planning, succession and work with the chief executive, ethics, legislative advocacy, community partnerships, open records, and more.

Regional & Local Programs

  • Local Transit Systems Training
    If you have a program that should be listed here, please contact José Reyes at jreyes@apta.com for further details.

CEO Programs

National Programs

  • APTA Transit CEO Seminar
    This executive leadership forum on emerging trends and best practices focuses on public transportation policy, new business models, security, labor relations, funding, finance, and more.
  • APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference Sessions
    The conference includes over 30 specialized educational sessions, technical training workshops, interactive presentations, special events, tours, and also a bus display and exhibitor showcase featuring the latest bus and paratransit vehicles, products, and services.
  • APTA Rail Conference Sessions
    Workshops and technical sessions cover timely issues of widespread interest in operations, technology, safety, security, planning, finance, capital projects, and the technical aspects of providing all modes of rail service: urban, commuter, high-speed, and intercity.

Regional & Local Programs

  • Local Transit Systems Training
    If you have a program that should be listed here, please contact José Reyes at jreyes@apta.com for further details.

Senior Leadership Courses & Programs

National Programs

  • ENO Transit Executive Seminar
    The Eno Transit Executive Seminar is an intensive week-long course held in Washington, DC. The course curriculum consists of individual coaching, leadership assessments and classroom instruction from veteran transit leaders from across the industry. In addition, participants also focus on building individual interpersonal skills in small group settings. It is tailored specifically for senior-level managers who report to their General Manager or CEO in public transportation agencies and in companies that serve the transit industry.
  • Leadership APTA
    Leadership APTA is the American Public Transportation Associations (APTA) premiere professional development program designed to develop and support the next generation of APTA leaders and the public transportation industry. The Leadership APTA Committee selects 25 individuals from among APTA member applicants to participate in a year-long program that includes skill-building workshops, conferences, executive roundtables, class leadership projects, teleconferences, online meetings, and web-based events.
  • NTI Leadership Institute
    This program is held in conjunction with conferences. It provides a unique training and educational opportunity for the transit managers and supervisors who hold mid-level positions in transit organizations. This course offering will provide participants with skills necessary to lead, manage, and supervise from the middle of the organization.
  • SURTC Rural Transit Manager Course
    Principles of Transit Management is an intensive three-day course developed by SURTC that covers virtually all aspects of transit and paratransit management for operators of tribal transit programs across the country.  This course is broken into individual modules which cover: human resource management; financial management; administration; operations and service design; procurement; vehicle and facility management; safety, security and emergency management; and drug and alcohol program compliance.

Regional & Local Programs

  • Local Transit Systems Training
    If you have a program that should be listed here, please contact José Reyes at jreyes@apta.com for further details.

Mid Manager Courses & Programs

National Programs

  • ENO/NTI Mid Manager Seminar
    This course is tailored specifically for mid-level managers in public transportation agencies and companies that serve the transit industry. The program's goals are to: expand knowledge across all transportation modes; enhance management skills to manage in complex times; identify leadership strengths and broaden one's peer support systems; broaden knowldege of public transportation agencies, private sector partners, union leadership, and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
  • Mid-Level Manager Training at APTA Annual Meeting, Bus & Paratransit, and Rail Conferences
    APTA is offering a number of customized breakfast briefings, conference sessions, and skill-building workshops specifically targeted for mid-level managers. These events will be held in conjunction with APTA’s Annual Meeting, Bus & Paratransit Conference, and Rail Conference.
  • NTI Mid Manager Seminar
    This program is held in conjunction with APTA conferences. It provides a unique training and educational opportunity for the transit managers and supervisors who hold mid-level positions in transit organizations. This course offering will provide participants with skills necessary to lead, manage, and supervise from the middle of the organization.

Regional & Local Programs

  • Denver RTD/LACMTA/DART Consortium
    Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Denver’s Regional Transit District, and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit recently created MAXX, a cooperative, year-long, inter-agency program to develop their mid-level managers. These three agencies worked together on the curricula and program to help their newer, mid-level managers build their management skills. This cooperative program included inter-agency visits which helped the mid-level managers understand how similarly sized organizations address their projects and challenges. This program also helped these managers build a strong peer network. For additional information, please contact José Reyes at jreyes@apta.com
  • Local Transit Systems Training / Community Colleges / Universities
    If you have a program that should be listed here, please contact José Reyes at jreyes@apta.com for further details.

Supervisory Training

National Programs

  • NTI Effective Supervision
    As we face the complex challenges of today's Transit environment, it becomes increasingly crucial that we examine our own behaviors as it relates to helping our organizations succeed. Supervisors must learn how to lead others rather than do the work themselves. In addition, they must earn trust and respect, in order to motivate, and strike the right balance between delegation and control.
  • NTI Fundamentals of Supervision
    The course is designed to provide transit supervisors with a better understanding of their role whether they are new to supervision or have been a supervisor for a while and are interested in brushing up on their skills. Participants will learn strategies for dealing with common challenges, and will acquire the skills necessary to avoid future problems
  • APTA Webcasts, Webinar, and Online Training
    Webinars are offered throughout the year on topics relevant and vital to the public transportation industry, focusing specifically on today's transit needs. Webinars offer transit agencies and business members alike the opportunity to take advantage of an invaluable educational resource from anywhere with an internet connection and telephone. Webinars are a terrific opportunity to offer cutting edge interactive training opportunities to one or 100 of your staff.

Regional & Local Programs

  • Local Transit Systems Training
    If you have a program that should be listed here, please contact José Reyes at jreyes@apta.com for further details.

Emerging Professionals

National Programs

  • American Public Transportation Foundation
    The American Public Transportation Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the American Public Transportation Association, provides scholarships, fellowships, transit education and research programs for students and professionals involved in or entering the public transportation field as a career. APTF scholarships are awarded each summer to deserving students – the future leaders of the public transportation industry. Applications for the 2013 scholarships will be available in January 2013.
  • APTA Early Career Program
    This “brand new” year-long program for ‘early career’ members of the transit industry will premier at the 2013 Rail Conference. This program, combining skill building workshops, industry structured mentoring programs, virtual sessions, and information sharing, is targeted for “early career” transit professionals with at most three-to-five years of transit experience and only having one-to-three years of project/program/personnel management responsibilities. This new proposed year-long program plans to takes bold steps to provide these young Early Career individuals with the skills, perspectives, and networks they need to grow and succeed. This program connects them with the wisdom and experiences of industry leaders.  It would provide and surround them with a host of learning and professional development opportunities, access to industry leaders and experts, connections with their peers and virtual resources.  All these program elements aim to facilitate the professional growth of promising Early Career members.  By the end of this proposed program, participants will know that their organizations, mentors, and the industry value their contributions. Please visit the APTA web site for further details beginning in early 2013.
  • ENO Leadership Development Conference
    The Eno Leadership Development Conference is Eno’s flagship program for emerging transportation professionals. Since 1992, more than 200 “Eno Fellows” have gathers in Washington, DC, for a rigorous introduction to transportation policy
  • National Park Scholars / National Park Public Lands Scholars
    The Public Lands Transportation Scholar Program selects recent master and doctoral graduates in transportation-related disciplines to work on projects on America’s public lands that involve Transit/Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Engineering/Planning and other transportation-related tasks.
  • National Transit Fellows (ENO)
    Eno’s National Transit Fellows Program will be an on-the-job training program – patterned after the concept of Teach for America where Fellows will be matched to jobs in transit agencies and supported with Eno training as well as industry support to ensure the retention of Fellows as career transit employees.
  • University Transportation Centers (UTC) Graduate Student Education
    Internationally recognized centers of excellence, fully integrated within institutions of higher learning, that serve as a vital source of leaders who are prepared to meet the nation’s need for safe, efficient and environmentally sound movement of people and goods. The mission is to advance U.S. technology and expertise in the many disciplines comprising transportation through the mechanisms of education, research and technology transfer at university-based centers of excellence.
  • National Transit Curriculum
    The National Transit Curriculum Committee is developing a semester-long public transit course that can be used at universities nationwide. The committee—which is made up of representatives from universities, transit agencies, federal government, national associations, and consultants—is lead by Small Urban & Rural Transit Center Director of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University Dr. Jill Hough and Paul Larrousse, Director of the National Transit Institute at Rutgers University.

 

Regional & Local Programs

  • UMass Transit Manager Program
    UMass Transit is teaming up with the College of Engineering's Transportation Center and Hartford-based CTTRANSIT to offer a first-of-its-kind certificate in transit management and operations.
  • Local Transit Systems Training
    If you have a program that should be listed here, please contact José Reyes at jreyes@apta.com for further details.

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