LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - The Missouri Dept. Transportation is recruiting its next generation of roads workers and it's starting at the high school level.
MoDOT is recruiting young people interested in attending its Youth Transportation Conference, a free, week-long seminar that teaches students how they can apply the skills they learn in college to a career in designing, developing and maintaining one of the state's most used resources: it's interstates and highways.
"I knew MoDOT existed but I never really knew what they did," said Micah Johnson, 18. "So, I thought that was my chance to figure out what MoDOT actually does."
The now Southeast Missouri State sophomore participated in the Youth Transportation Conference for three summers during his time in high school. Now he's trying to convince is sister Amanda to attend.
Johnson said the program not only taught him about the types of engineering careers available to him after college, but it also gave him a glimpse of campus life.
"We stayed on Lincoln University and it gave me a good demo for college life," said Johnson. "I can honestly say they gave me a good preview of what college life would be like."
MoDOT will accept 30 students entering ninth through twelfth grades into Youth Transportation Conference, which kicks off in Jefferson City July 15 through 20.
"They'll get a feel for what it's like to experience a little bit of campus life early and then also great exposure to transportation related information and the ability to explore how to apply math, science and computer technology to transportation," said MoDOT representative Jennifer Benefeild.
With the exception of getting to Jefferson City, everything including room, board and travel to field trips is fully funded for each student.
"We really believe in offering young people an opportunity to explore the world of civil engineering and transportation and really generate excitement about those topics so that hopefully we're bringing up a whole new generation of young people who want to work and contribute to the transportation industry," said Benefield.
Applicants have until June 8 to apply. Click here for the application.