Archives—July 2014

Rail and Intermodal Transportation Program Begins this Week

5985253957_f178f2acac_oThe Rail and Intermodal Transportation Program (RTP), a one-week course for outstanding high-school students, is taking place this week, July 28–August 1.

The program’s 24 participants will spend the week exploring many aspects of intermodal transportation–from high-speed passenger train systems to international container shipping.

Students will have technical, hands-on tours of rail and intermodal facilities in Ishpeming/Marquette and Duluth/Superior as well as classroom and lab courses on Michigan Tech’s campus.

“This program gives students a really good intro to the field,” says David Nelson, RTP coordinator. “It introduces them to both engineering and workforce jobs in transportation. The students we see run the gamut from just getting introduced to the field to already being trainspotting and train history experts.”

Participants will also get a taste of college life on two college campuses (Michigan Tech and UW–Superior) by staying in residence halls, eating in university dining halls, exploring campus and meeting diverse peers.