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American Public Transportation Association

 2017 WD Webinar Series

 The APTA Workforce Development Committee​, the TRB Standing Committee on Education and Training, and the National Network for the Transportation Workforce present:

“Advanced Technologies and the Impact on Transportation Industries: A Workforce Conversation.“

Session Overview:

As technologies advance and are steadily incorporated into the operations of transportation industries, workforce needs evolve at increasingly progressive rates across all levels. Technological impacts are widespread and create internal and external demands on both public and private sector agencies, businesses, and institutions. This webinar’s objective is to identify the impact advanced technologies have on the transportation industry. Presenters will examine the overall industry story- how services, customer relations, and employee needs are influenced. They will speak to current trends, best practices, and skill gaps that must be filled with up-to-date trainings and planning of potentially new certifications. Furthermore, presenters will look at the need for continued educational partnerships and their role in creating a steady pipeline of qualified employees into the workforce. Finally, speakers will conclude with how we merge what we know, with what we need, into proactive next steps.

Webinar Date:

Monday, December 18, 2017

Broadcast Time:

2:00-3:15 p.m. Eastern; 1:00-2:15 p.m. Central;

Noon-1:15 p.m. Mountain; 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Pacific


Invited and Confirmed Webinar speakers:

  • Session moderator:
    • Ferdinand Risco, Assistant Executive Director, TARC; Vice Chair, Workforce Development Committee. Will set the stage, provide a brief introduction of the speakers, an overview of the program and its objectives. (Confirmed)
  • Industry transit leader:
    • Speaker TBA to provide national perspective on the challenges and impact on the workforce with evolving and future industry technologies.
  • Industry business leader:
    • Mike Loehr, Global Practice Leader, Transit & Rail, Track & Civil, CH2M; Chair, BMBG Workforce Development Subcommittee to provide the private sector perspective by addressing related industry needs and gaps (Confirmed)
  • Transit industry visionary programs and partnerships:
    • Joanne Peterson, Executive Officer – Human Resources, LA Metro, to address recent LA Metro Career Pathways Program, also to speak about related partnerships and current workforce trends (Confirmed)  
  • Educational Partners:
    • Leticia Barajas, Vice President, Los Angeles Trade Technical College to provide insight into the role of educational partnerships and how schools can better equip students to enter the evolving workforce  (invited)
  • Other Transportation Modes:
    • Dr. Thomas O’Brien, Executive Director of Center for International Trade and Transportation; Associate Director of METRANS; Director, Southwest Transportation Workforce Center, to address related workforce challenges experienced in ports, trade and other modes of transportation. Also to speak about some of CSU’s visionary workforce programs. (invited)
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