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5 May 2017

Cheyney University to host high school students for free three-week Summer Transportation Institute

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May 5, 2017 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  NSTI students present their bridge-building projects last summer. While at Cheyney for three weeks. The free, intensive educational program focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines.

CHEYNEY, PA – Cheyney University will host the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) for high school students in grades 10, 11, and 12 on its campus in Chester County, Pennsylvania, from July 16th through August 4, 2017. NSTI is for students who have an interest in learning more about the transportation industry, its various modalities (e.g., highways, aviation, transit and maritime) and the myriad of career opportunities it offers. All accepted students receive full scholarships covering tuition, room and board.

The three-week educational initiative is a partnership between the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Cheyney University. The program vision is to develop a diverse, well-qualified workforce for the transportation industry.

NSTI students will participate in an intensive program focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines. A repeat component for the fourth year to NSTI at Cheyney University will be the Aviation Career Education Academy (ACE).

The ACE Academy is being offered in collaboration with the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP). As part of the ACE Academy, students will experience in-depth classroom discussions and presentations by aeronautical professionals in the field of aviation. Field trips to aviation- related facilities will include tours of behind the scenes operations not typically accessible to the general public, but specifically arranged for ACE Academy participants.

Additional activities include a transportation career fair, bridge building projects, and several other transportation related field trips. The program is a weekday residential program starting Sundays at 6:00 pm through Fridays at 4:30 pm.

Those interested in attending the program must download and complete an application, returning it no later than June 12, 2017.  You can also fill out the application included in this issue of the SUN on page 17.

A liberal arts university, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania hosts signature programs such as the Keystone Honors Academy, the Aquaculture Research and Education Laboratory, and the accredited Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management program.  Recognized as the nation’s first HBCU, Cheyney University has been educating students since 1837.  The University offers baccalaureate and graduate degree programs at two locations, Cheyney and Philadelphia,  Center City.  For more information, please visit the website at

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