August 13, 2013 – (Atlanta, Georgia) According to the U.S. Department of Labor, future job opportunities in the field of light rail technology and engineering is expected to grow over the next 10 years as more workers in those fields reach retirement age.
Capturing this growth opportunity in the Motor City of Detroit, Michigan was expressly important. With the coming of the M-1 Rail along Woodward Avenue, understanding transportation advancement of rail and light rail, and how opportunities in workforce development could be generated for community colleges served as the basis of a white paper authored by Ivy Vining Consulting, LLC and commissioned by Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD).
This semester WCCCD will offer two new degrees programs. The Light Rail Engineering Technology Associate of Applied Science degree has two specific tracts with a focus on communications and signaling or in electro mechanics.
Graduates of the programs will demonstrate a firm understanding of the operation of railcar electromechanical systems; diagnose and conduct entry level troubleshooting and repairs of railcars; demonstrate a basic understanding of the operation of railcar electromechanical systems; diagnose and conduct troubleshooting and repairs of electromechanical systems on railcars; demonstrate a basic understanding of the operation of a rail line and railcar signaling/communication along rail lines and on railcars. You can learn more about the program at
Ivy Vining Consulting, LLC provides a variety of services focused on enhancing urban transportation in the United States and internationally. Services include: urban transportation planning, grant writing, white papers and research, strategic planning and sustainability.
Ivy Vining’s principal’s proven ability to manage and design transportation plans for events like the Atlanta Olympics, DeKalb and Henry Counties and work with colleges and university systems are key ingredients to the firm’s growing success.
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