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New Mexico State Transportation Innovation Council-STIC Overview

State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) is dedicated to bringing innovations to NMDOT. Working with our partners at the FHWA we are implementing cutting edge techniques and industry leading technologies to the department. The STIC's focus is to bring innovations through programs like the EDC, Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2) and Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) by coordinating efforts with figureheads and other ambassadors of transportation. These innova 0CC8 tions and improvements will ensure that we provide a safe and efficient transportation system for the traveling public, while promoting economc development and preserving the environment of New Mexico. With these innovations, we will be able to continue to be an industry leader in the field of transportation while maintaining the safety, accountability and integrity our customers.

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AASHTO Transportation and Civil Engineering (TRAC)

Help launch a new NMDOT initiative to educate and attract future transportation professionals through a hands-on learning program at New Mexico high schools: the AASHTO Transportation and Civil Engineering (TRAC) program. NMDOT will implement TRAC during the 2016-17 school year at several high schools around New Mexico. Because the program is funded by a FHWA On-the-Job Training Supportive Services grant, TRAC will focus on classrooms with high percentages of disadVantaged and underrepresented populations in engineering and science professions. The TRAC curriculum supports national Common Core standards and is designed for use in science, technology, engineering and math courses. NMDOT engineers and other science professionals volunteer to help out with the TRAC program during the next year. The NMDOT engineers/scientists will be paired with a high school math or science teacher to bring TRAC into classrooms during the 2016-17 school year. During the school year, the NMDOT staff member will spend as much as a full day in the classroom, seiVing as an in-class advisor, demonstrating how TRAC activities work, helping with the projects, and providing role models who answer questions about transportation careers and who help students understand the connection between concepts learned in the classroom and how those concepts are applied in practice.

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