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Fall 2000

ITS Institute partners with Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

The ITS Institute was a partner in the National Summer Transportation Institute hosted this year by the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC).

Photo of Duluth-area high school students

Duluth-area high school students toured the campus as part of the summer institute.

The summer institute ran for four weeks between July 17 and August 18. The summer institute is funded by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). It provides career orientation and educational experiences to motivate secondary school students toward professions in the field of transportation. The primary goal of the four-week institute is to encourage these students to seek professional careers in transportation by obtaining a college education. Over 2,000 secondary school students have completed the national program hosted by 30 colleges and universities in 23 states across the nation.

As part of the summer institute, the Duluth-area high school students participated in a day of tours in the metropolitan area, organized by the ITS Institute. The day included an introduction to intelligent transportation systems provided by Dawn Spanhake, and tours of Mn/DOT's Traffic Management Center and the St. Paul Holman Field airport beacon. Jeff Stewart from WSB and Associates presented information on the rehabilitation of the historic airport beacon that is located on Indian burial grounds.

The ITS Institute and FDLTCC will continue to work together to develop activities for minority students to encourage them to consider careers in transportation.