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MetroLINK Hosts Summer Program for Students; Uses APTA Career Tools

The Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK), Moline, IL, recently hosted a career seminar for middle school students at its Operation and Maintenance Center as part of a summer enrichment program called “Lights On for Learning."

Students received a behind-the-scenes look at public transit jobs including dispatch, information technology, maintenance, safety and security, operations and marketing. They also toured the facility, learned about its sustainable and eco-friendly operations and watched a sheriff’s deputy and his K-9 partner sweep a room for explosives.

Jennifer Garrity, MetroLINK manager of administration, called the program “a fantastic opportunity for us to introduce students to the various careers available within the public transit industry. Throughout our presentation, we were able to incorporate a number of the career tools APTA has developed that specifically engage youth. The students were amazed at the number of opportunities available to them that really require a broad range of educational backgrounds.”

APTA created the career tools as part of its commemoration of National Public Transportation Career Day in May. To learn more, click here.

Karen Heaton, a teacher at John Deere Middle School, said, “We thought it was interesting to see the actual people that do the various jobs. We feel this gave our students a more realistic view of what these specific jobs entail.”

Middle school students attended a career-awareness seminar at MetroLINK’s Operation and Maintenance Center.

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