Students enrolled in the Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program express their appreciation to the NRC for naming their institution as a recipient of a 2019 education grant.

NRC Announces 2019 Education Grant Recipients

Each year the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association's (NRC) Education Committee allows colleges and universities with rail education programs to apply for the NRC Educational Grant Program.

After receiving a record number of applications, the NRC Education Committee congratulates the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Michigan Tech! Both schools displayed exemplary educational programs, and showcased how their respective programs not only educate the next generation, but also how they prepare the students for industry advancements.

"This year, we had a record number of applications for the 2019 NRC Education Grant Program. All submissions were from top-tier rail programs which made the committee’s job very difficult in deciding our winners," said Daniel Stout, Vice President of STX Railroad Construction Services, and the Chairman of the NRC Education Committee.

"I would like to thank all the programs that applied this year as well as the education committee members for their time and efforts during the grant process. I am looking forward to having our co-winners, Michigan Tech and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, join us in discussing their respective programs and how they plan to utilize the grand funds at the 2020 NRC Conference in San Diego," continued Stout.

Background on the Winning Programs:

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC) provides academic and research programs in engineering and transport. The RailTEC program plans to use the grant funds for outreach and recruiting of K-12 students that demonstrate key learning points related to railway transportation. By introducing students to railway engineering concepts at an earlier age, RailTEC hopes that these programs help increase interest in railroad-related jobs throughout the industry.

Michigan Technological University

The Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program plans to use the grant funds for outreach and recruiting of pre-university students, which include a rail tour with pre-K and Kindergarten students, as well as for making the Rail and Intermodal Summer Youth Program accessible for underprivileged students in the Detroit Metropolitan area.

The NRC 2020 Educational Grant application period will open in the spring of 2020. Please monitor NRC bulletins and announcements for updates on the official date as it approaches. The candidates will be asked several questions including, how many students are enrolled in the program, history of the program, utilization of funds, and how their program can better impact the future of the industry.

What our members say…

The NRC Education Grant program gave us the flexibility to fund graduate students engaged in developing railway-themed youth outreach activities, and documenting these activities to share with others. Thanks to the support from NRC, railway museums and kindergarten-through-grade 12 (K-12) educators have a new tool for attracting a diverse new generation of railway engineering and construction professionals, including traditionally under-represented groups.

C. Tyler Dick, Ph.D., P.E.

Lecturer and Principal Railway Research Engineer Rail Transportation and Engineering Center

RailTEC Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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