The West Region Transportation Workforce Center is based at the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University.
In addition to working with regional stakeholders, the WRTWC will take the lead to develop and disseminate resources specific to key national issues: rural and tribal transportation, transportation safety, mobility and livability issues, and transportation on federal lands. The Center works with the following partner organizations to share and disseminate expertise in these areas:
Stakeholder Engagement Group
To guide the strategic direction of the Center, the WRTWC formed a Stakeholder Engagement Group with representation from industry and industry associations across modes, as well as representatives from labor, workforce, and education entities. Members of the stakeholder group work in an advisory capacity to share their experience and insight at the state and local levels.
Stakeholder Group Members:
|Bob Anderson||Montana State University-Northern||MT||Education (community college)|
|Connie Ashbrook||Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.||OR||Labor (apprenticeship); non-profit|
|Byron Bluehorse||Alaska Tribal Technical Assistance Program Center||AK||Education (professional development/training)|
|Tony Glenn||Nebraska Department of Education||NE||Education (CTE/K-12)|
|Amanda Holland||Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, Administrative Services Division||AK||Industry|
|Jana Jarvis||Oregon Trucking Association||OR||Industry|
|Joel Jundt||South Dakota Department of Transportation, Deputy Secretary||SD||Industry|
|Justin Leighton||Washington State Transit Association||WA||Industry|
|Jason Sutheimer||North Dakota Department of Transportation, Recruiter||ND||Industry|
|Larry Williams||Bureau of Labor and Industries, Apprenticeship and Training Division||OR||Labor|
The Stakeholder Group advises the Center on a variety of issues, including:
- Industry workforce development needs, skills gaps, and training and education priorities;
- Emerging workforce needs;
- Marketing and communication mechanisms to ensure the appropriate audiences are reached; and
- Partnership, funding, and resource-sharing opportunities.