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APTA Promotes Public Transit Careers to Youth

APTA is seeking a diverse group of 50 rising high school juniors and seniors from across the U.S. to participate in its 2015 Youth Summit, “GenTech on Board,” June 28-July 2 in Washington, D.C.

Public transportation plays a significant role in finding solutions to the numerous challenges facing America today, including job creation, a cleaner environment, energy independence, and improved quality of life.

The Youth Summit provides participants with unique opportunities to learn about the public transit industry, to become familiar with a broad range of career choices, and to meet with industry leaders and learn how their current and future courses of study apply directly to the industry.

For the first time in 2015, the schedule includes customized career track sessions focusing on students’ interests in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM). In addition, APTA will provide opportunities for participants interested in business administration, planning, marketing and communications, operations, and maintenance.

Applications for the Youth Summit will be available here on Dec. 12 and must be received by Feb. 13. More information is available from Mariah Stanley.

Another APTA outreach program for students is National Public Transportation Career Day, scheduled for May 14, 2015.

During this event, APTA invites its members—public transit agencies and business members alike—to participate by hosting an activity for elementary and high school students that showcases the industry and exposes young people to its vast array of career opportunities.
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