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Bridging the Gap: The Next Generation

Continuing APTA’s mission of encouraging student involvement in APTA’s conferences and meetings, EXPO 2011 offers a unique opportunity for students to network and interact with a variety of professionals within the industry. This year’s EXPO features “Expo High School,” an event sponsored by AECOM and Veolia Transportation. ACE Mentor Program of America has partnered with APTA, AECOM, and Junior Achievement on the student outreach initiative, “Careers with a Purpose,” which is targeted toward 75 New Orleans-area students who will learn the importance of seeking careers that help them realize their life potential. This special activity is a unique chance to promote careers in public transportation and engineering.

Student Day - EXPO 2011

On Wednesday, October 5, APTA opens its EXPO doors to welcome students from New Orleans area community colleges, technical schools, 4-year colleges, and universities to get a firsthand introduction to public transportation. The program includes a breakfast meeting and briefing with APTA members and staff, followed by a tour of the EXPO’s premier showcase of technology, products, and services. APTA members will serve as both industry presenters and as EXPO tour guides as they lead small groups of students through the Exhibit Hall

These youth outreach initiatives are in conjunction with the APTA Blue Ribbon Panel on Workforce Development, and are an added benefit to members to network, market, and recruit a new generation interested public transportation careers.

  • Flyer for Student Day at APTA Annual Meeting & EXPO

Schedule for Wednesday, October 5

  • 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9 - 10:30 a.m. Career Session
  • 10:30 a.m. EXPO 2011 Tour

 If you are interested in attending this activity or have any questions, please contact APTA’s Cheryl Pyatt at

Attend the Annual Meeting

In addition to these two exciting programs, students are encouraged to attend the entire annual meeting.

Student registration is free and includes admission to:

  • International Public Transportation EXPO
  • Educational sessions
  • Technical tours

To be eligible, the student must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a community college, technical school, four-year college or university
  • Complete the Meeting Registration Form online or register on-site
  • Present his or her current student ID at the registration booth
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