Transportation Center Offers Free Summer Programs to Middle and High School Students

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KINGSTON, RI – March 26, 2013 – The University of Rhode Island Transportation Center will offer free summer programs to middle and high school students that will allow them to learn about a variety of career fields including transportation, construction, business, engineering, landscape architecture, and maritime services.

The Transportation Center’s summer programs involve field trips, hands-on field experience, and classroom exercises instructed by URI professors, students, and industry professionals. Most programs range from one to two weeks and are based at URI’s Kingston campus. Transportation to and from a central pick up point in Providence is available. Sessions will be from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. Up to 20 students in each program will receive full scholarships covering tuition, workshops, facility usage, field trip expenses, meals, and equipment/supplies cost.

The Summer Transportation Institute sessions for middle school students will be held July 1-12 and July 29-August 9. The curriculum will cover highway and bridge design, construction and maintenance of roads, transportation of people and cargo, safety, and career opportunities.

For high school students, the Transportation Center’s Business Academy will take place July 22 – 26 and will provide lessons about transportation, team building, supply chain, and quality control. The Construction Academy, July 15 – 19, will include an OSHA 10-hour certification, flag person certification, work zone safety, hands-on welding, operating heavy equipment, and preparing for an interview. The Engineering Academy, July 22 – 26, will teach students about highway design, environmental engineering, bridge design, traffic engineering, and water resources. The Green Design Academy, July 15 – 19, will involve the skills used in sustainable design, visiting a range of landscapes, and meeting designers/installers. This year’s new Maritime-Freight Academy will be held from July 8-12 and combines visits to companies that use the maritime services industry, a visit to a port, and practice steering in a shipping vessel simulator.

To apply to a program or to receive more information, visit or contact Tory Perrotta at Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, as each program only accepts 20 students.

About the University of Rhode Island Transportation Center: The URI Transportation Center was established in 1999 at the University of Rhode Island to conduct multidisciplinary education, research, technology transfer and outreach for surface transportation systems and advanced transportation infrastructure. The Center is supported by the US Department of Transportation through the University Transportation Centers Program. Learn more at