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USDOT expands program to encourage women to work in transportation


The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is expanding an internship program designed to encourage young women to pursue careers in transportation.

“Women are an essential part of today’s labor force, yet women are underrepresented in the transportation industry,” said USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood in a prepared statement. “We’re saying to all the college women out there — no matter where you’re enrolled, there’s a DOT Small Business Transportation Resource Center close by to help you plug in to your dream job, whether it's an airport, an engineering or aerospace firm, a railroad, a transit agency or perhaps one of our DOT offices.”

The internship program, currently available only in one region of the country, will expand to 10 regions. It will be administered through the USDOT’s 11 Small Business Transportation Resource Centers. The centers are designed to provide resources, technical asistance and outreach to all 50 states and U.S. territories.   

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