The National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) program is funded with federal dollars and ran by MDT. The purpose of NSTI is to address the needs of a diverse workforce and promote greater awareness of career opportunities within the transportation industry. The NSTI program objectives are to:
- Improve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills,
- Provide awareness to middle and high school students – particularly minority, female, and disadvantaged youth – about transportation careers,
- Encourage students to consider transportation-related courses of study in their higher education pursuits.
In 2021, MDT has partnered with Western Transportation Institute (WTI) at Montana State University and University of Montana to provide NSTI programs.
The Western Transportation Institute (WTI) at Montana State University
- Focus: safe, active, and sustainable transportation systems
- Program Dates: Two one-week sessions will be offered June 21-25, 2021 and July 12-16, 2021
- Target Audience: middle school (ages 11-14)
University of Montana
The NSTI program at the University of Montana is part of the Montana American Indians in Math and Science (MT AIMS) Pathways Program.
- Focus: Project-based programming focused on a transportation challenge that students will work in teams putting together. Included are classes in math, science, and writing to augment academic year learning as well as assistance on their projects. This year, students will also be building their own computers as well.
- Program Dates: One two-week session will be offered June 7th – 18th, 2021
- Target Audience: Eighth and ninth graders that come from Montana’s Tribal Reservations.
For more information on the program from 2009 to 2016, visit MDT's Research Page.