The Ohio Department of Transportation formally invites all Ohio accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Tribal colleges, Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), Asian-American Native American Pacific Island Serving Institutions (ANAPISI), and other accredited colleges, community colleges and universities to apply to serve as a host site for the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) Program for 2017.
In an effort to address the need for a diverse workforce in the 21st Century and to create an awareness of the career choices and opportunities that exist in the transportation industry, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) established various educational initiatives including the NSTI Program. While the NSTI Program is federally funded, it is administered by state departments of transportation. The NSTI program is focused on science, technology, engineering and math for high school and junior high school students. NSTI program objectives are to improve STEM skills, provide awareness to middle and high school students – particularly minority, female and disadvantaged youth – about transportation careers, and encourage participants to consider transportation-related fields of study in their higher education pursuits.
Academic institutions interested in serving as host sites must complete and submit their application package directly to the Ohio Department of Transportation. These forms are available for download:
Statement of Work Application
Application Submission Process
ODOT will determine the number of NSTI host sites it wishes to fund under the state’s 2017 funding allocation. Please note that based on availability of funding, schools are not guaranteed funds to serve as a host site. Statement of Work applications must be a maximum of ten pages, not including the proposal application, which shall serve as attachments. ODOT will evaluate potential host sites on several factors, including its 2017 application and its past performance (programmatic and fiscal).
Applications are due to ODOT no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Email completed packages to Mica Wulfhorst send by mail to:
Mica Wulfhorst, Supportive Services Manager
Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
1980 West Broad Street
Mail Stop 4190
Columbus, OH 43223
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.