The Transportation Technology Program provides a specialized distance learning education and training program for current or former railroad employees. This unique on-line, distance learning and life-experience curriculum breaks the tether to the traditional classroom. It is designed to support a drop-in/drop-out lifelong learning philosophy of continuing education and laddered degree options from a certificate of achievement for specific skill sets to an Associate's, Bachelor's and Master's degree in transportation studies. In addition to formal academic credit, the program is designed to accept related credit equivalency from any academic, vocational, or industry training program to include documented life-long learning skills, test-out exams, industry recognized certifications, and/or continuing education units (CEUs).
The railway option provides current and former railway employees with the opportunity to earn college credit for their company, industry and on-the-job training, while brushing up general education skills and expanding their knowledge about the transportation industry through online courses.
Entrance Requirements: Entry into this program requires former or current employment bya railroad company. For more information, including steps to getting started, please email Dr. Kristy Wood, Transportation Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credits Required: 60 hours
Credential Earned: Associate of Applied Science
Associate of Applied Science Option: An Associate of Applied Science in Transportation Technology Railway is available for student who complete 60 credit hours. See the current advising sheet for more details.
Certificate Option: A Certificate of Applied Science in Railway is available for students who complete 30 credit hours. See the current advising sheet for more details.
Employment is expected to increase 9% by 2018, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. Opportunities for rail transportation workers will be good for workers who meet basic qualifications because a large number of older workers are expected to retire over the next decade, particularly at freight railroads. Prospects will be best for those positions that are also expected to see growth, like locomotive engineers and conductors.