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West Region Transportation Workforce Center

The West Region Transportation Workforce Center (WRTWC), housed at the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University in partnership with the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University, serves a ten-state Western region: Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii. WRTWC activities facilitate communication across states and across agencies to leverage scarce resources, to share and build on promising programs, and to create new communities of practice to enhance the transportation workforce at all levels. Additionally, the Center seeks to address issues specific to its established national focus areas, which comprise:

·         Rural transportation and safety

·         Mobility and livability

·         Tribal transportation

·         Federal lands

The Center recognizes that a major issue with workforce development programs is the fact that a lack of communication and coordination results in duplication of programs in neighboring areas or produces a silo effect where some programs are simply missing in some areas. Particularly in rural regions, transportation professionals often carry multiple responsibilities and wear many hats. However, while rural professionals are responsible for the largest geographic percentage of the nation’s surface transportation network, time and budget constraints play a role in limiting access to workforce development. Due to these resource constraints, transportation organizations require easy access to existing programs, resources, and successful practices as well as a facilitator to foster innovative collaborations that are effective for geographically dispersed audiences. Therefore, the Center sees one of its primary roles as coordinating existing programs and resources within the region and creating synergies to address common workforce development priorities to positively grow the transportation workforce.

Point of Contact:  Susan Gallagher, Project Manager.  Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University. PO Box 174250.  Bozeman, MT  59717-4250

Phone: 406-994-6559.  Email:  [email protected]

Compendium of programs link: WRTWC Clearinghouse