by Whitney Morgan
On Feb. 18, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) honored the legacy of Garrett A. Morgan and his contributions to the transportation industry by exposing some young area students to the work of transportation planners, engineers, architects and others. COMTO hosts the Garrett A. Morgan Shadow Day each year to encourage young people to pursue transportation-related careers and help grow and sustain a workforce to meet the technical demands of the 21st century.
As part of the Shadow Day, 12 students visited the MARC offices to learn about urban and transportation planning from Whitney Morgan and Steven Lachky, two of MARC’s transportation planners. Students also learned about engineering and infrastructure design from Leonard Graham (Taliaferro & Browne) and Vernal Stewart (SE3). The students later visited the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, and Metro Transit Centers at 10th and Main and 7th and Minnesota.
The transportation industry can provide great career opportunities for young people, and the demand for both traditional and new skills is expanding. As many experienced members of the transportation workforce approach retirement, the need for skilled, technical workers will grow. Transportation-related industries offer career opportunities for young people in planning, engineering and other related fields. MARC was pleased to participate in the Garrett A. Morgan Shadow Day and share information with local students about these opportunities.