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Advanced Transportation Institute 2009.
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    Final report; Jan1, 2008-Dec. 31, 2008
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    The eighth version of the Advanced Transportation Institute (ATI-09) was conducted in 2009 to encourage high school students to pursue careers in the field of transportation engineering. The University Transportation Center for Alabama partnered with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) to teach a one-week institute in June at ALDOT’s central office headquarters in Montgomery, AL. The headquarters location provided access to practicing transportation professionals who served as lecturers, and it provided a real-life, transportation working environment. A second three-day institute was taught at the ALDOT Fifth Division office and the UTCA offices at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL in July (ATI-Div-09).

    ATI-09 was open to rising high school juniors and seniors, with preference given to African Americans and females. Participants came from high schools in west central Alabama from which ALDOT typically recruits. ATI-Div-09 was taught to middle and high school members of the Junior Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

    Institute presentations, lab experiences, and field trips were designed to give participants a general overview of ALDOT, an introduction to transportation engineering as a career, and hands-on examples and challenges. The comprehensive evaluations conducted at the ends of ATI-09 and ATI-Div-09 indicated that the students enjoyed their experiences, and that they were influenced to consider transportation careers.

    The 43 student participants in the two ATI sessions indicated that they enjoyed the experience, that they learned about transportation careers and ALDOT, and that (as a group) they were favorably influenced to consider transportation careers.

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