ITE Diversity Scholars Program

ITE has established a new Diversity Scholars Program. The program was developed to help bring first generation, underrepresented minority students into our profession.  Each recipient receives annual financial support (for up to 5 years of undergraduate education), peer support through membership in the student ITE chapter, mentorship from a local ITE member and an internship with a transportation firm or public agency.  The first two ITE Diversity Scholars were recently selected and are enrolling in school this fall.

This program was developed by the ITE Legacy Committee which is comprised of ITE Past Presidents, and provides stewardship and support for the ITE Legacy Program, including the Diversity Scholars Program.  Committee members are committed to reaching out to individuals and companies to secure long-term commitments and support for the Diversity Scholars Program and a fund-raising campaign will be initiated this fall. 

The Committee has asked all of the Sections to consider contributing to the program and we will be doing so when we develop our 202 budget over the next few months. However, given out section’s small size and limited budget it is likely we will not be able to. If you or your company are interested in participating in the program and helping out this ITE wide initiative, please let me know.

Tom Mericle

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9/17 Luncheon in Buellton

Our September Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, 9/17 in Buellton at Pea Soup Andersen’s. We’ll have an engaging presentation on recent and future changes to the CA MUTCD, presented by Rock Miller. Please register and pay online via Eventbrite by 12:00 PM on 9/16. We hope to see you in Buellton!

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Continuing Education Opportunities

As transportation professionals we need to continue to grow and learn about our profession. This can happen by attendance at local section meetings, district meetings, or international meetings. It can also happen through training programs focused on keeping you updated with current practices. I want to highlight a particular program in California that has been serving training needs for professionals for over 70 years.

The University of California, Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies Tech Transfer program provides lots of opportunity for practicing professionals to receive training through workshops, conferences, classes, and publications in the transportation field. They have both online training as well as in person. There are a variety of classes available at the following website:

Berkeley Tech Transfer Class Schedule

The listing includes classes through 2019 and into 2020 with topics ranging from the Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering, Traffic Signal Controllers, Roundabouts, Roadside Safety, and Liability and Risk Management. Please take a look and see if any of these classes would be a benefit for you or your staff.

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New Video Promoting Transportation

The ITE Western District Public Relations Committee recently produced a video to promote transportation and ITE. The video can be viewed here:

ITE Western District Transportation Video

Please take a look and find opportunities to share this with your colleagues, friends, family, and whenever you have a chance to visit a school to talk about transportation.

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2019 ITE Annual Meeting Updates

Both The ITE Western District and ITE International met this summer in Monterey, CA and Austin, TX respectively. Both meetings were very well attended and a lot of good information was shared during the sessions.

The Western District meeting in Monterey was joint hosted by our section and the SF Bay Area section. We had a comprehensive technical program and a great Family Night event at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. A special thank you to Justin Link of our section for his leadership as Co-Chair of the conference. You can review the technical program here.

The meeting next year will be in Honolulu, HI. They are already accepting abstracts if you want to participate.

Congratulations to Joe De La Garza from the San Diego section on being elected as the incoming Western District Secretary-Treasurer. His term will start In January 2020. The current list of new District officers in on their website (https://westernite.org/aboutus/current-officers/).

The ITE International Meeting was held in Austin, TX and there were over 1,400 attendees. There were a variety of workshops before and after the technical conference days and lots of opportunity for networking with ITE professionals across the world. The Meeting next year will be in New Orleans, LA and you should consider attending.

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