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June 15, 2005


NEW YORK, June 14, 2005 – Twenty-five students from public and private high schools in New York City will receive a stimulating introduction to the transportation industry at The City College of New York’s annual Summer Transportation Institute (STI).  The four-week program, organized by CCNY-based CUNY Institute for Transportation Systems (ITS), begins at Tuesday, July 5 and runs through July 30.

The program provides a broad range of intermodal transportation experiences for secondary school students. Additionally, a successful, effective STI Internship component provides internship placements for STI graduates in grades 10-12.     

Using the complex transportation network of New York City, as an example, the program is designed to provide a stimulating introduction to the transportation industry.  The students are provided with academic and technological enrichment to assist them in the pursuit of a career in the transportation industry.  

The STI offers a broad curriculum that addresses the program goals, while at the same time, focusing on the holistic development of students.  There is emphasis on providing experiences aimed at preparing students for college and beyond. 

Participants must have a grade point average of at least 2.5, must be registered for Mathematics A and should have a strong interest in technological innovations that affect the transportation industry.  Activities in the program include field trips and student projects, on-campus educational and recreational activities, and computer training.    

Students are provided with lunch and transportation passes to and from the CityCollege campus.  Upon completion of the program, students receive certificates and a stipend.

Since its inception in 1996, CUNY ITS and its partners, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), have provided sponsorship for the “CCNY Summer Transportation Institute.”  The program has received several Outstanding Achievement Awards from the U.S. Department of Transportation in recognition of the STI’s educational, motivational, challenging and even fun qualities.   

The CUNY Institute for Transportation Systems at CityCollege is a multi-disciplinary inter-college effort to address transportation issues affecting the economic and social life of the city, state and region.  Dr. Neville A. Parker, Herbert G. Kayser Professor of Civil Engineering at CityCollege, is the Director.

For more information, please contact Alma Jefferson, Summer Transportation Institute Program Administrator, at (212) 650-8057.