TransTech Academy was established in 1991 as the first transportation studies academy in the Washington metropolitan area. Since that time, we have graduated more than 500 students. Over 85% were admitted to post secondary institutions and have matriculated at two and four year colleges. In 2005, the Academy was expanded to include an Electro-Mechanical Technology Training Program in collaboration with the District Department of Transportation and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to meet the growing demand for entry-level technical professionals. Students receive technical skills training for Metrorail, Metrobus and elevator/escalator maintenance jobs while attending school. To date, 21 students have completed the program and there are presently 28 students enrolled.
In 2007, the Academy at the urging of the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation (a major funding source for TransTech) embarked on expanding its program to include a pre-engineering curriculum for high school students interested in transportation careers. While there are other pre-engineering programs in D.C. Public Schools, this is the only one within a transportation academy. Through assistance from FHWA, the Office of Career and Technical Education, and D.C. Public Schools, we have a new facility and our first cohort of 16 pre-engineering tenth grade students!
of the TransTech Academy is to provide experiences that will inculcate the values of education, constructive employment, and careers in various modes of the transportation industry; and to link education to the real world, thereby enabling students to successfully adapt to a complex and changing world.
of the TransTech Academy is to develop the curriculum, administrative support, external arrangements, resources and other necessary elements of a program that emphasizes education, constructive employment, and careers in various modes of transportation; thus, establishing an academy that can be a model for replication elsewhere.
The student who completes the Academy will:
- demonstrate employability skills;
- effectively communicate in oral and written form;
- think creatively, solve problems and utilize technology;
- work independently and as part of a team;
- be knowledgeable of transportation careers;
- display self-confidence, high self-esteem, and a sense of personal value; and
- work cooperatively toward a common goal.
The objectives of the Academy are to:
- stimulate students to stay in school and graduate;
- instill the values of education, constructive employment, and careers in various modes of the transportation industry;
- expose students to places of higher education where transportation may be studied;
- provide field experiences in the transportation industry;
- integrate related academics, life skills and employability skills into industry standards to ensure a seamless training system;
- provide a center for expanding an understanding of the transportation industry, and
- provide a student-focused portal to information about career planning and job
opportunities in the Washington, DC metro area.