Seal of the State of Hawaii

Department of Transportation

News Release

For Immediate Release: April 30, 2014


HONOLULU – In cooperation with the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and Federal Highway Administration, the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Outreach College announced its first National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI), which will take place this summer, from June 3 – June 13. The 8-day, free, non-residential program, will accept 20 students from grades 9-12.

The NSTI will educate students about career opportunities in all sectors of the transportation industry – land, sea, and air – with emphasis on sustainability, safety issues, and accessible design. Students will learn how to prepare for those opportunities through career planning curriculum, academic skill building sessions, and interactions with professionals in the transportation industry.

Land transportation curriculum will focus on public mass transit systems including Honolulu’s rail transit system, which is currently under construction.

Air transportation curriculum will allow students to visit the Air Traffic Control Center for Honolulu International Airport, which is located on Hickam Air Force Base, and observe daily operations at one of the busiest airports in the United States.

Water transportation curriculum will allow students to visit the U.S. Navy’s headquarters for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and allow them to participate in activities on the U.S. Coast Guard’s training ship. The curriculum will also educate students on military careers that can lead to future opportunities in both the public and private sector of the transportation industry.

Students will benefit from field trips, presentations and activities with multiple organizations, including: Oahu Transit Services, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART), Navy Region Hawaii/Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, U.S. Coast Guard, Honolulu International Airport Air Traffic Control Center and the H-3 Freeway’s Tetsuo Harano Tunnels.

Those who are interested must submit an application to the UH Manoa Outreach College by Tuesday, May 13. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as only 20 will be selected to participate in this year’s NSTI. Students can find the NSTI application online at

For more information and media inquiries, please contact Ann Brandman at the Outreach College at 956-9246, or