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New England Regional Transportation Workforce Summit

September 26 and 27, 2013

Preliminary Program

The Summit Program is designed to foster a cross-cutting dialogue on the transportation workforce of the future for the New England Region. The Summit will deal with all modes of transportation, the range of transportation occupations from technicians to professionals, and the variety of educational experiences to develop and improve individuals' competencies and skills. The Summit will address key workforce challenges; identify administrative and legislative actions for effective workforce policies and programs; and establish a Regional Framework for Transportation Workforce Development that will link education and training to workforce development policies and programs.

Thursday Sept 26, UMass Club, 225 Franklin St., Boston, MA

7:30 - 8:00 am                Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 8:15 am                Opening Remarks: An overview of Summit objectives and program,

 Richard A. Davey, Secretary of Transportation  and Chief Executive Officer, MADOT

Plenary Session 1          The Three C's in Workforce Development Leadership: Coordination, Communication, and Collaboration
8:15 - 9:00am 
               State Departments of Transportation, Education and Labor are leaders in workforce development in

their communities.This session will focus on the priorities, issues and activities to provide for more effective, efficient workforce development in the different communities. 

Plenary Session 2          The Changing Workforce in a Changing World
9:00 - 10:30am 
              Demographic changes, budgetary constraints, immigration, drug-use, public health issues, and new

technology applications continue to challenge transportation, education and labor efforts to provide for a skilled, technically competent workforce. Session participants will be leaders in their fields with important perspectives on workforce development. The discussion will establish a foundation for the Summit sessions to follow which will focus on strategic and operational policies and programs to enhance workforce development.

Plenary Session 3          Workforce Development, Need, Opportunity, Action
10:45 - 11:15am             Speaker: Congressman James McGovern (invited)

11:15am - 12:00pm        Break

12:00 - 1:15pm               Lunch

Breakout Session 1 
     Building/Raising Career Awareness
1:30 - 2:40pm
                These breakout sessions are intended to deal with a range of issues related to making people aware

of potential careers in transportation. The sessions will address the following questions: What has been done to build career awareness? How do individuals make career choices? What are the key influencers  and how do we get transportation properly in the mix?  How do we engage educators at all levels and increase their level of awareness?

Breakout Session 2       From the Classroom to the Workplace: Changing Roles for Colleges and Universities and their Partners in
2:45 - 3:55pm                 Industry and Government

These breakout sessions will review the changing market for traditional educational services at colleges and universities, and what this means for schools as well as their partners in industry and government. Speakers will consider both the challenges (including budget constraints) that prevent community colleges and four-year institutions from responding to changing workforce demands and opportunities including new learning models that help bridge gaps between the classroom and the workplace. The following questions will be addressed: What are colleges and universities doing to align resources with demand for services and creative, innovative workforce development programs? How are colleges and universities and their government and industry partners responding to resource constraints? What smarter ways have they identified to do their work? What are the best practices in workforce development that bridge the divide between classroom and workplace?

Breakout Session 3       Continuing Education, Training and Professional Development
4:00 - 5:10pm 
               These breakout sessions will address the following questions: How will technology affect the nature of our work

or the skills that will be required? Will these technology companies contribute to continuing education, training and professional development? What retraining will be necessary to provide mission critical functions? Who is going to provide the training? How will new technology be transferred to the existing workforce? What policies and legislation need rethinking in light of trends? If senior leadership leaves, where are the replacements? What should be happening in your organization to prepare future leaders? How do you determine the priority of continuing education, training and professional development activities? When layoffs occur and the last in will be the first out, who is going to do the work? What training will matured managers need to be able to assume work duties of those laid off?

5:30 - 7:00pm                Networking and Social Hour

Speaker: Dr. Beverly Scott, General Manager, MBTA 


Friday Sept 27, MIT, 70 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, MA

The intended outcome of the second day workshop will be to reach consensus on strategies and actions or pursue jointly over the next 6 to 12 months. We will also identify roles of an commitments from partners to implement the actions. By the end of the Summit we should be able to gauge whether we:
  • Had a fruitful cross-cutting dialogue on the regional transportation workforce of the future
  • Addressed all modes of transportation, the range of transportation occupations from technicians to professionals, and the variety of educational experiences to develop and improve individuals' competencies and skills
  • Scoped out key workforce challenges
  • Identified administrative and legislative actions for effective workforce policies and programs.
  • Strengthened existing and identified new links between education and training efforts and transportation industry workforce needs
7:30 - 8:20am                Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 am                Summit Wrap-up & Next Steps: Creating a Regional Framework for Transportation and Workforce Strategy

Summit Wrap-up

Reporting out on Breakout Sessions

-Breakout Sessions 1: Building/Raising Career Awareness

-Breakout Sessions 2: From Campus to the Workforce: Changing Roles for Community Colleges and Universities in         the Transportation World

-Breakout Sessions 3: Transportation Professional and Continuing Education 

9:30 - 9:40am                 Break 
9:40 - 11:00am               Collaborative Frameworks & Next Steps: Roundtable Leaders and Policy-Makers

Roundtable #1 - Government - Executive & Legislative

StateDOTs, StateDEDs, StateDOLs 

Roundtable #2 - Industry & Labor (three)



Roundtable #3 - Educators

Framing questions for Roundtable

What did you hear in this morning's wrap-up that was surprising, innovative or interesting? Was there anything blatantly missing?

How do these ideas and recommendations coincide with what your organization/agency is doing or planning to pursue?

What are you pursuing or planning to purse that could be part of this effort?

In your experience where are the most promising/productive partnerships in transportation workforce development?

Any other brief comments pertaining to workforce development or the Summit

11:15 - 11:30am             Closing Remarks

11:30am - 12:00pm       Tour of MIT research and teaching laboratory facilities

12:00 - 1:30pm               Lunch, networking session

PDF of the Preliminary Program