Southwest Region Transportation Workforce Center

The Southwest Region Transportation Workforce Center (SWTWC), which is housed at California State University, Long Beach, serves an eight-state region: California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Texas, and Oklahoma. SWTWC seeks to connect and empower the 21st century transportation workforce through research, education, and industry engagement. All of SWTWC’s research, education, and industry engagement efforts are guided by the FHWA’s belief that the nation’s ability to successfully deliver and manage an efficient, safe, and effective transportation system is dependent on the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the transportation workforce. Toward that end, SWTWC facilitates results-driven partnerships with State Departments of Transportation, State Departments of Education, industry, and other public and private stakeholders throughout the transportation, education, labor, and workforce communities.

Today, there are a number of challenges in trade and transportation workforce development.  Baby boom generation retirements, competition from other industries, and difficulty in recruiting women and minorities, as well as new technologies driving the need for new skills from incumbent transportation workers, all combine for unique industry challenges in developing a qualified pipeline of talent. Over the next four years, SWTWC efforts will address workforce development activities at the 6th to 12th grade levels, technical schools and community colleges, universities, post graduate programs, and professional development for incumbent transportation workers.

To promote a skilled and career-ready transportation workforce, SWTWC seeks to:

·         Engage regional and national stakeholders to identify successful curricula and training programs;

·         Develop a Transportation Workforce Data Clearing House that will draw together previously siloed fields of business, education, transportation and labor;

·         Convene national, regional, and state forums for strategic innovation and collaboration;

·         Analyze labor force and job needs;

·         Identify programs that facilitate transfers between 6-12 schools, community colleges, and 4-year institutions;

·         Pursue innovative methods of reaching a diverse set of educational markets; and

·         Establish a communications strategy to share Best Practices and innovative programs, including effective use of social media.

Point of Contact: Tyler Reeb, CITT Director of Research, Research and Communications. The Center for International Trade and Transportation, California State University, Long Beach. 6300 State University Drive, Suite 255, Long Beach, CA 90815. Phone: (562) 985-2879 Email: [email protected]

Compendium of Programs link: SWTWC Resource Center