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First students graduate from Transportation Technology program

February 04, 2013

Huntington, W.Va. - Fall 2012 was a successful semester for the Transportation program at Mountwest Community & Technical College, marking the graduation of its first two students, Daniel Francisco and Michael Shelley. Both graduates are now CSX employees, and each graduated with an A.A.S. degree in Transportation Technology: Railway Option.

Dr. Kristy Wood, program coordinator, said that the feedback from students about the program and courses has been overwhelmingly positive. She fully expects the program to continue to grow as more people find out about this unique opportunity.

Other associate degrees in the Transportation Technology program include Management Technology, Intelligent Transportation Systems and Occupational Specialty with Options in Aviation, Maritime and Roadway. These programs became available to Mountwest students in fall 2011.

The Associate Degree in the Transportation Technology is designed to prepare graduates to enter the Transportation Technology field with entry-level skills and to allow transportation professionals to upgrade their technical knowledge and skills at the paraprofessional or mid-management level. 

“Our partnerships with Rahall Transportation Institute, CSX, local entities and state departments have been crucial to our success as we strive to meet the needs of the industry, employers and employees,” Dr. Wood said. 

According to Wood, with two intermodal facilities opening nearby, growth in the local transportation industry will only increase, but this program goes well beyond the local area. Currently, there are students from more than 10 states participating in this program. Because Mountwest’s Associate Degree in Transportation Technology is offered online, one student even completed his coursework while deployed in Afghanistan last semester.

The Occupational Specialty options require students to earn company or industry specific credentials and participate in on-the-job training.  All specializations consist of six core transportation courses: Introduction to Transportation Systems, Transportation Law & Policy, Transportation Economics, Transportation Security, Transportation Geography and Transportation Information Systems. For more information about the Transportation Technology Program contact Dr. Wood at 304.710.3396 or