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Message from the Program Director

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    The Summer Transportation Institute provides awareness to secondary school students on transportation careers and encourages them to consider transportation-related courses of study in their higher education pursuits. Specifically, the UMES Summer Transportation Institute seeks to create awareness and stimulate interest among secondary students on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland about the vast transportation careers available and provide them with the opportunities to explore exciting fields in the Transportation Industry.

    The Institute runs for four (4) weeks in the summer (June/July) and covers three general programs: Academic Program, Enhancement Program and Sports and Recreation program. The Academic Program exposes the participants to various modes of transportation land, air, water and aspects of transportation safety and covers various transportation careers, education and training requirements. The Enhancement Program exposes participants to methods and activities which improve study habits, promote academic achievement and foster self awareness. The purpose of the Sports and Recreation Program is to expose students to sports and recreation, rules and regulations, and to promote a healthy team and competitive attitude among the participants.

    The Institute is non-residential and the daily activities generally run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there is a weekly field trip to an area transportation facility.

    The Institute is funded by the Federal Highway (FHWA) and Maryland State Highway Administration.  The Summer Institute is free to selected students. However, participants are responsible for their transportation to and from UMES.

    The Institute s activities are well designed and coordinated and are conducted by experienced teachers and professionals. Selected students will therefore benefit immensely from the Institute s activities. Parents, Guardians, and School Counselors are urged to encourage their children, wards and advisees to apply. Minority and female students are strongly encouraged to apply. 

    I look forward to meeting selected participants every summer and working with you to achieve your career goals


    Joseph O. Arumala
    Program Director