Pending final approval by a federal appropriations committee, three Los Angeles high schools will share a $4-million grant as part of an education project of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Under the MTA’s Transportation Occupations Program, or TOP, the funds will go to North Hollywood, Alain Leroy Locke and Woodrow Wilson high schools to create transportation academies to educate students about transportation-related professions.
“It’s not just a matter of here’s a bus and here’s a driver,” said Cathy Lum, principal of North Hollywood High. “We need to expose students to what we mean by the transportation industry.”
City planning, engineering, architecture and business will play roles in the core curriculum of the program, to be launched next September.
TOP has been involved with educating students in the transportation field since 1985, but this is the agency’s first attempt to create a transportation-focused core curriculum within the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The MTA expects the $2 million from the Federal Transportation Administration to be allocated by the end of this month; the remaining $2 million will come from the MTA.