January 18, 2010
Employment positions in this issue's classifieds include an Executive Director; an Executive Director, Operations; and a Chief Operations Officer!
Transportation Learning Center Receives $5 Million Federal Grant
The Transportation Learning Center in Silver Spring, MD, has announced receiving a $5 million federal green jobs training grant from the Department of Labor as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Center Director Brian J. Turner said he believes this is the first federal grant for direct workforce training in the public transit industry from either DOT or the Department of Labor. “This award provides an important stamp of national recognition for the value of the industry-wide partnership training system that transit labor and management have been working together to establish in recent years,” he added.
The grant will fund training of 3,640 participants for jobs in the public transportation sector, and will help to prepare new and incumbent workers to adequately maintain and operate the nation’s transit systems and its increasingly advanced green technologies. It will help to
mobilize labor-management partnerships for transit agencies including the Utah Transit Authority in Salt Lake City; New Jersey Transit Corporation; the Central Ohio Transit Authority in Columbus; and MTA New York City Transit, working with the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Transport Workers Union.
Center-sponsored partnerships at the local and regional levels have provided training opportunities to more than 16,000 transit technicians and leveraged $17 million in state training grants since 2001.