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UMass to offer transit training program

Posted on July 25, 2011

The University of Massachusetts Amherst's (UMass Amherst) transit system is teaming up with the College of Engineering's Transportation Center and Hartford-based CTTRANSIT to offer a first-of-its-kind certificate in transit management and operations.

The program, funded with a $127,284 federal grant, is aimed at training the next generation of the transit workforce and will offer students training in many aspects of transit management. The certificate program is expected to draw student employees of the university's own bus system. The program is also expected to help students land jobs.

"They are actually hiring out there. We've been quite successful in placing students," said Allan E. Byam, GM, transit services, at UMass Amherst.

CTTRANSIT is one of those organizations with a history of providing experience and employment to UMass Amherst students and is a partner in the new grant program, added Byam.

UMass Transit operates vans and Pioneer Valley Transit Authority buses for the "Five Colleges" as well as the towns of Amherst, Belchertown, Deerfield, Granby, Hadley, Northampton, South Hadley and Sunderland.

According to Byam, the certificate program is ideal for those students who, after driving a bus or otherwise working for UMass Transit, get bitten by the "transit bug."

"We employ about 200 students, and there are also some who get the 'transit bug,'" he said. "We had a handshake agreement with transit agencies whereby students get experience and jobs in maintenance, finance and other areas. The industry loves UMass Amherst grads. This program will help us formalize that."

The academic parameters of the new program are being drafted in conjunction with John Collura, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the UMass Transportation Center.

"There won't have to be any new courses," said Byam. "We are working with what we have."

The project, which had the support of U.S. Rep. John Olver, was selected on a competitive basis through the Innovative Transit Workforce Development Program, which is funded out of $3 million in fiscal 2010 discretionary National Research funds.

The program will officially launch in the fall of 2012.

 

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