Wednesday, March 27 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Lewis Hall (RGL), 101
650 Childs Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Changing Workforce Development Needs for Regional Transportation Planning Agencies in California
Presented by Thomas O'Brien
The transportation industry faces future workforce challenges, including a lack of trained personnel in fields such as engineering, construction management, and intelligent transportation systems. In California, the workforce capacity of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in particular was challenged by the 2008 passage of Senate Bill (SB) 375 which created a demand for planners with new skill sets required to comply with the legislation’s requirements. This presentation introduces findings from a research project seeking to understand how fundamental changes from SB 375 and other legislative mandates have impacted MPOs from a workforce standpoint, including changes to the recruitment process for new hires and what they mean for the curriculum content in college and university programs.
Thomas O'Brien is the Executive Director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) at Long Beach State University and the Associate Director of Long Beach Programs for the METRANS Transportation Center. He also serves as the director of the FHWA Southwest Regional Surface Transportation Workforce Center (SWTWC). His teaching and research focus on logistics, supply chain management, and goods movement policy. Dr. O’Brien has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Development and a Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California.