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Interdisciplinary transportation education and workforce development modules (ITEWDM).
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    The transportation industry will face a shortage of skilled workforce to manage future advanced transportation systems as the current workforce begins to retire. Education and training of future transportation professionals is critical in view of the projected shortage of skills to meet increasing needs to design, implement, and maintain the nation’s sophisticated transportation systems. As this issue comes to the forefront there is heightened awareness that there is a dearth of minority professionals in transportation technical and techno-managerial positions. To meet this challenge, Hampton University developed a series of interdisciplinary education and workforce development modules by integrating existing transportation curriculum from across campus along with experiential learning, research projects, guest lectures, fellowships, and introducing few new courses. Consolidating the University’s “islands of transportation education and workforce development” into transportation education and workforce development modules offers student the opportunity to enhance their techno-managerial skills. The overall objective of the Interdisciplinary Transportation Education and Workforce Development Modules (ITEWDM) is to strengthen the intermodal transportation skills of faculty and students to meet the growing need for qualified transportation professionals. The ITEWDM framework is designed to build up these skills through independent modules that can be assembled together to suit the career interest of the students. The modules have been grouped into two sections: Education and Workforce Development. The Education modules contain programs and courses that earn academic credit towards a major/minor degree in Aviation Management or Concentration in Transportation Management. The existing transportation curricula offered by different departments across the campus were re-designed to offer students flexibility in pursuing an interdisciplinary academic program with emphasis on workforce development. Individual courses may also be taken as electives by all majors in the University who are seeking preliminary knowledge of transportation management. Contacts were established with the National Highway Institute to enhance the ITEWDM’s quality of transportation curriculum and access state-of-the-art course material. The Workforce Development modules supplements classroom knowledge through guest lectures, internships, fellowships, and working on research projects. The ITEWDM has consolidated transportation-related education and workforce development programs into a single framework making it convenient for students to select modules that suit their needs. It can also be used as a guideline by academic advisors during the student advisement process. The in-built flexibility allows modules within ITEWDM to be modified or deleted and new modules added as and when required without affecting the other modules within the framework
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