Annette Hacker, manager,
Office: (515) 294-4777
Duane Smith, Iowa State University Center for Transportation Research and Education, (515) 294-8817
Renee White, Des Moines Area Community College,
Mike Krapfl, News Service, (515) 294-4917
Getting students excited about transportation
AMES, Iowa -- High school students will drive a semi, maneuver a mini excavator and use global positioning technology to complete a scavenger hunt.
It's all part of the second annual Transportation Career Fair. The fair is sponsored by Iowa State University and Des Moines Area Community College. It will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Iowa State Center. The fair is free to interested high school students. Registration information is available at http://www.ctre.iastate.edu/events/careerfair/index.htm.
Fair organizers have identified 75 careers in transportation and have planned activities to grab students' interest. The activities include:
Jerry Roche, an Iowa State graduate who works for the Federal Highway Administration as a transportation safety engineer, will wrap up the day's events. "I want students to think about where this country would be without our road system," Roche said. "The nation as a whole is dependent on our transportation system and students will have the opportunity to be a part of it."
Renee White, a community college instructor, said the fair is a great opportunity for Des Moines Area Community College and Iowa State to work together.
"(Des Moines Area Community College) offers some wonderful two-year degrees, and the first two years of a four-year degree, but many transportation courses are only available at Iowa State," she said. "We can promote the field of transportation through this fair, without promoting any particular school."
Transportation Career Fair is free to high school
students. Registration information is available at