22 middle school students participate in National Summer Transportation Institute

22 middle school students participate in the National Summer Transportation Institute. (DPW photo)

The 2021 National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) kicked off on Tuesday,
June 1st at the Guam Community College (GCC) campus with 22 middle school students participating in the program.

The program is funded through a grant from the Federal Highway Administration, with the goal of introducing interested middle school students to the possibilities of a career in the transportation industry and to begin contemplating their pathways to college. The program is in its 7th year after a brief hiatus in 2019.

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Students from Agueda Johnston, Jose Rios, Benavente and Untalan Middle Schools will have the opportunity to visit the various government and federal agencies involved in land, air and sea transportation. Additionally, the program curriculum, which is Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-focused will consist of academic curriculum, guest-speaker presentations, field-trips, team-building exercises, and hands-on classroom projects.

“It is important we nurture our young students on the opportunities and different careers in the transportation industry. The NSTI program provides this exposure and the partnership with GCC is a win-win in developing our local labor force in career and technical fields,” stated DPW Director Vincent Arriola.

“The NSTI Program aligns with the mission of GCC as a leader in career and technical workforce development and reaching out to middle school students helps bring awareness to the many possibilities for higher education,” added GCC President Dr. Mary Okada. “We look forward to continuing this program!”

The NSTI program continues through Monday, June 14, 2021. Activities include Popsicle Suspension Bridge and Crosswalk Project along with site visits to the Department of Public Works, A.B. Won Pat International Airport, Port Authority of Guam, Naval Base Guam and Anderson Air Force Base.

(DPW Release)