U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood awarded $2,487,791 to the National Summer Transportation Institute, a Federal Highway Administration program to promote interest in educational and career opportunities in transportation among middle and high school students. The funds will support 53 two- to four-week sessions in 37 states and Washington, D.C., this summer.
From the success of the first STI on the SCSU campus in 1993, other FHWA Division Offices, State DOTs and colleges and universities expressed interest in and established STIs. After a six-year pilot program, Congress in the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century authorized funding for the first transportation career education program for secondary school youth entitled the "National Summer Transportation Institute" (NSTI).
To date, the NSTI Program has expanded from one university to over 67 colleges and universities, with more than 8,000 students participating in the program. Participating colleges and universities throughout the United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico serve as host sites. States, colleges and/or universities, and private organizations interested in participating in the program should contact their local FHWA division office.