Michigan Tech to host 6th annual transportation youth program

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High school students study railroad infrastructure during an earlier Rail & Intermodal Transportation Summer Youth Program event.
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HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Technological University and University of Wisconsin-Superior will hold their sixth annual Rail & Intermodal Transportation Summer Youth Program July 26-Aug. 1 in Houghton. The program is designed to provide high school students with unique inside perspectives into the logistical operations of the rail and transportation industries. The 2015 program will feature classroom activities as well as multiple rail and intermodal transportation explorations throughout Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

“This is a great opportunity for a student interested in exploring the rail industry up-close and personal,” says David Nelson, a senior research engineer at Michigan Tech.

Program sponsors include Canadian National, Union Pacific, Michigan Tech, University of Wisconsin- Superior, and the National University Rail Center. Applications for the 2015 program will be accepted through May 2, 2015. Once accepted, a $100 non-refundable registration fee is required.

The 2014 Summer Youth Program included a total of 24 high school students from across the country. The students were immersed into rail transportation education through class activities and on-site visits. In 2014, program highlights included visits to Cliffs Mine and Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroads followed with a tour of nearby BNSF Railway yards, the Halvor Lines logistics company, and a visit to the CN ore docks in Duluth, Minn. The program also includes a visit to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, a ride on the North Shore Railroad, and a visit to the Lake Linden and Torch Lake Railroad.

For more information, go to www.rail.mtu.edu.

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