The Maritime Workforce Summit & Career Expo

In October 2014 UNOTI and the Port of New Orleans partnered to present the first annual Maritime Workforce Summer.

The summit, now known as The Maritime Workforce Summit & Career Expo, is an informational forum for the Greater New Orleans Region to gain awareness about international commerce on the Mississippi River and to facilitate discussion among community stakeholders on how to prepare our future workforce for maritime employment opportunities (information provided by Port of New Orleans).

This summit features any array of speakers from industry and academia along with a panel discussion.  The panel discussion is followed by a Career Expo for students in which UNOTI and industry representatives highlight jobs in demand and career tracks to achieve the skills necessary for the jobs.

Who Works the Rivers

UNOTI partners annually with Riverworks Discovery for their career awareness program for high school students known as "Who Works the Rivers." The program is a one day event which begins with an introductory lesson using content from the "Energy and Our Rivers Curriculum" developed by NEED corporation.  Following the session, students attend a mini career fair and meet representatives from a full range of river industries - from non-profit to military, from recreational to industrial - to learn about the many job opportunities in the river sector.  Hands-on artifacts and activities help make the "job fair" atmosphere fun and memorable for the students.

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Women's Transportation Seminar

UNOTI Is committed to advancing both the transportation industry and the professional women who are a growing part of it.  In this endeavor UNOTI is happy to be a member of the New Orleans Chapter for the Women's Transportation Seminar.

Founded in 1977, WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women.  Boasting more that 5,000 members -both women and men- WTS is helping find women opportunity and recognition in the transportation industry.  Through its professional activities, networking opportunities and unparalleled access to industry and government leaders, WTS is turning the glass ceiling into a career portal. 

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Youth Engagement:  On the Move

Focusing primarily on high school students, On the Move is UNOTI's outreach program designed to introduce the next wave of budding scholars and practitioners to the exciting fields of urban studies and transportation planning.  Drawing upon the expertise of UNOTI's faculty and staff, as well as the extension network of professionals and organizations with whom UNOTI works, "On the Move" brings custom-designed workshops, presentations, and/or panel discussions to the youth of the greater New Orleans area, as well as longer-term training that is fun and interactive.

Experts from several local organizations are often invited to accompany UNOTI faculty and staff at scheduled events so that youth can ask questions and meet people working in the transportation and planning industries.  These partnerships offer youth insight into the wide array of opportunities that are available in urban studies and transportation planning, and assist young people in connecting with local organizations.

On the Move also offers campus tours at UNO, as well as providing engaging activities for youth to explore and apply newly learned planning concepts.  For more information, and/or to schedule an event, please contact Carol Short, Associate Director, UNOTI at