Shadow day encourages the planners of tomorrow

by Whitney Morgan, MARC Transportation Planner

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On Feb. 4, the Kansas City Chapter of Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) honored the legacy of Garrett A. Morgan and his contributions to the transportation industry by exposing some students from Topeka and Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri schools to the work of transportation planners, engineers, architects and other related fields. The Garrett A. Morgan Shadow Day Program was developed during the Clinton administration by Rodney E. Slater, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Each year, local professionals host a shadow day 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 Mid-America Regional Council offices to learn about MARC’s role in urban and transportation planning from Ron Achelpohl (director of Transportation and Environment). The students heard from Lamin Nyang (Taliaferro & Browne) and Vernal Stewart (SE3) about the range of engineering fields and career opportunities. Students from UMKC talked about their experiences at college and discussed the benefits of professional organizations and pursuing unique internships.

Read more online about this year’s Garrett A. Morgan Shadow Day.

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