May 18, 2017

Cheyney to Host Free National Summer Transportation Institute July 9 – 20 for High School Students

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is actively recruiting twenty high school students from the surrounding area to participate in the 2018 National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) in association with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, July 9 – 20, 2018.

This two-week non-residential intensive program aims to encourage and inspire high school students to consider careers in transportation-related fields, with a primary focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In addition to standard math and study skills class, this year’s program will feature a week-long drone creation and flying course along with 3D Imaging and an Ecology lesson. Selected students will also venture on fields trips to BrightFields, Inc. and Fairmount Water Works, where they will participate in hands on activities labs, and relevant tours.

“Ultimately, we want students to know that the transportation industry is a very viable industry to be in,” Dominique Smiley, the Program Manager of the 2018 NSTI program explained. “There are so many career opportunities in these fields, so it’s up to us to educate and motivate the students to consider the possibilities all while having fun.”

Cheyney University has hosted the program for over six years, but it is not the only government-funded program it houses in accordance with the Department of Transportation. The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Small Business Enterprise (SBE), and the Diverse Business (DB) Supportive Services Centers all provide technical and professional training to transportation-related construction contractors and consultants throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

For more information and to apply please contact: Dominique Smiley, 610-399-2473 or

The Diverse Business (DB) Supportive Services Center located on the campus of the historic Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, is a joint initiative between Cheyney University and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The mission of the DB Supportive Services Center (DBSSC) is to serve as a resource for assisting DBs in maximizing their participation on one-hundred percent (100%) state-funded transportation-related construction and professional services contracts.