15 S.C. high school students complete Transportation Center’s annual Summer Transportation Institute

Monday, July 23, 2007

ORANGEBURG – The annual Summer Transportation Institute at SC State University’s James E. Clyburn Transportation Center recently held its culminating ceremony in the Algernon S. Belcher Hall on SC State’s campus.

Institute participants – all South Carolina high school students – were involved in an intense and structured learning environment, which exposed them to advanced highway design, highway construction, transportation of people and cargo, inter-modal aspects of transportation, laws, environmentalism, transportation career opportunities, college preparation and enhancement activities during the institute sessions from June 17 through July 13, 2007.

During the four-week institute, 15 high school students from 11 high schools across the State of South Carolina participated in several transportation-related field trips, including a two-day trip to Atlanta, Ga., where they visited and learned about the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) transportation system, as well as the transportation systems at Stone Mountain National Park, N.C. Transportation Train Museum, S.C. Public Safety Department, Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, McEntire Air National Guard base and the Columbia Metropolitan Airport Authority.

During the culminating ceremony, several awards were given, including the “2007 Director’s Award for Outstanding Leadership” presented to Janae Kearse; the “2007 S.C. Department of Transportation Outstanding Achievement Award” presented to Teonia Gibson; the “2007 Federal Highway Administration Award of Excellence” presented to Jacob Halmon; and the “Valentine Burroughs Jr. Memorial Achievement Award” presented to Jordan Stovall.

“Students who participated in the Summer Transportation Institute received a wealth of information and gained an insight into various areas of the transportation industry, life skills and college preparatory requirements,” said Larrie B. Butler, institute director. “The information received will go a long way with them in helping them to choose careers and take advantage of opportunities in the transportation industry.”

Students who successfully completed the 2007 Summer Transportation Institute include: Briana Chalmers (Chapin-Richland High, Little Mountain, S.C.); Teonia Gibson (Ft. Dorchester High, Summerville S.C.); Keelin Golden (Lower Richland High, Hopkins, S.C.); Jacob Halmon (Bamberg-Ehrahardt High, Bamberg S.C.); Tristan Hammond (Barnwell High, Barnwell S.C.); Tonia Hodges (Colleton County High, Smoaks, S.C.); KaDashia Ingram (Midland Valley High, North Augusta, S.C.); Janae Kearse (Orangeburg-Wilkinson High, Orangeburg, S.C.); Christian Lewers (Orangeburg-Wilkinson High, Orangeburg, S.C.); Kimberly Mitchell (Orangeburg-Wilkinson High, Orangeburg, S.C.); Mohammed Musa (Orangeburg-Wilkinson High, Orangeburg, S.C.); Sierra Murph (Orangeburg Christian Academy, Orangeburg, S.C.); Harold Rickenbacker (Orangeburg-Wilkinson High, Orangeburg, S.C.); Jordan Stovall (Ridgeview High, Elgin, S.C.); and Zakeia Thomas (Garrett Academy, North Charleston, S.C.).

SC State University’s Summer Transportation Institute is the pioneer host site for the many STIs throughout the United States. The Federal Highway Administration Office of Civil Rights, located in Washington, D.C., provides the funding for the institute in partnership with the S.C. Department of Transportation and the South Carolina Division Office Federal Highway Administration.

The goal of the James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center is to assist federal, state and local agencies in meeting their goals to develop a highly skilled workforce to meet the future needs in transportation. A major focus of the transportation center’s inter-modal research, education and technology transfer programs is the recruitment and training of minorities and women for tomorrow’s transportation workforce.