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$1M Fed Grant to Silver Spring Transportation Learning Center

The Federal Transit Administration will fund two new programs at the Silver Spring center.

The Silver Spring-based International Transportation Learning Center was recently awarded $1.1 million by the federal government to create training and employment opportunities, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The center is one 17 organizations in 12 states to receive a total of $7 million to train future transit workers. 

“A well-educated workforce is vital to ensuring that our nation’s economy continues to grow and that the transportation industry has qualified individuals to keep our transit systems competitive,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The International Transportation Learning Center, around since 2001 and located at 8403 Colesville Road, will use the money for two training programs. 

  • $425,000 will go towards the Consortium for Signals Training Courseware Development, which creates classes to teach signal technicians.
  • The remaining $725,500 will go to the Career Pathways and Career Ladders for the Frontline Workforce, "to develop and test models for career advancement and apprenticeships in the public transportation field," according to the announcement. 

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