COVID-19 kept students away from each other and changed the way they prepare for their careers. Due to this, we modified our outreach efforts to provide virtual, hybrid and in-person outreach events.
In the past year, virtual platforms enabled our department to reach students statewide like never before to connect them with professionals and provide them with valuable information and opportunities.
Here are examples of a few presentations that we did in the past!
University of California, Davis
UC Davis Policy and Popcorn – The Policy & Popcorn series provides an informal setting for UC Davis students, researchers, faculty and staff to learn more about the policy process and how to better engage. The sessions are hosted monthly by the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy in close partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies, the Energy and Efficiency Institute and other key policy leaders around UC Davis. Leaders from the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) joined to discuss policy opportunities and challenges associated with the rail project.
University of California, Merced
Policy and Politics of CHRS at UC Merced – Members of the Authority’s communications staff joined UC Merced’s inaugural Intro to Civil Engineering Course for a hybrid presentation on the policy and politics of large infrastructure projects. The Deputy Director of External Affairs, Deputy Regional Director of the Central Valley and Student Outreach Coordinator provided a short overview of the project and had a Q&A session with the students. The students were in-person at the UC Merced campus and the Authority speakers were brought in via Zoom. We chatted with students about the importance of stakeholder engagement and impacts of political landscapes for a project as big as California high-speed rail.
University of Southern California
USC Undergraduate Planners at Price – Undergraduate Planning at Price (UP) is a student-run club that represents the needs and interests of undergraduate urban planning students. It is open to anyone interested in urban planning related topics. High-speed rail planners joined students in their weekly meeting to discuss how high-speed rail integrates with major transportation hubs like the LA Union Station. Students also received a statewide overview of progress on the high-speed rail project.
Fresno State University
CHSRA has set up outreach tables / booths to provide general information on the project tailored to the event (IE. Earth Day / Sustainability Day) where we spoke specifically on the projects benefit on the environment. On Earth Day and Clean Air Day, we worked with the Fresno State Sustainability Club and coordinated an outreach table at their event. They host both Earth Day in the Spring and Clean Air Day in the fall on campus. We spoke with students about the California high-speed rail project and how it will help protect the environment by reducing traffic congestion and pollution through its numerous sustainability efforts.
California Transit Association
California Transit Foundation Annual Conference – Conferences offer crucial opportunities for students to explore careers and inspire professional and personal goals. We participated in the annual California Transit Association conference where our staff discussed our communications strategy during the pandemic and how we were able to reach various communities in a physically distanced world. We also participated in the conference with a vibrant blue and yellow booth staffed by Information Officers with a passion for sharing facts about HSR.
Fresno City College
California High-Speed Rail Engineering Networking Event – Fresno City College hosted an in-person engineering networking event on campus. About 30 engineering students attended. The lunch and networking event kicked off with a statewide presentation from our Student Engagement and Outreach Coordinator followed by a Central Valley project update from a Central Valley Information Officer. It was followed by a discussion from high-speed rail engineers of Tutor-Perini/Zachry/Parsons. After, the group broke out for an outdoor lunch so students and the high-speed rail professionals could connect one-on-one.
Some Additional Information About Our Engagement
Webinars: Webinars offer great opportunities to connect with regional, statewide, national and international groups! We love collaborating with organizations to bring California high-speed rail into the conversation.
Classroom Visits: We work with all types of schools and educational programs to provide club and classroom presentations to discuss progress on California’s high-speed rail project. High-speed rail is a dynamic project that calls upon professionals in a variety of career fields. You can request a presentation from one of our staff members and we will do our best to attend. If you are interested in requesting a speaker you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the request form on the Speakers Bureau page. You can also utilize our many online resources on our Student Resources page. These resources serve as a great way to start talking about the California high-speed rail project with students.
Club Visits: Student led clubs and organizations provide students with opportunities to explore careers and build community on their campus. Our department can provide your club with a presentation on the high-speed rail project and time to meet with professionals who are a part of our team. If you are interested in requesting a speaker you can email email@example.com or fill out the request form on the Speakers Bureau page.
Conferences: Conferences are an important part of a student’s career development, exploration, inspiration for students to achieve professional and personal goals. We want to be part of your student conference in California! As student organizations and campuses explore hybrid models and bring back some more in-person conferences, we want California high-speed rail to be part of the discussion. We are eager to bring in our professionals to discuss their careers, the high-speed rail project, and lead information sessions with students. For statewide and international conferences, we will review and participate on a case-by-case scenario.
Presentations We Offer
Sustainability in Civil Engineering, Station Planning and Everything In-Between – The Authorities green practices in planning, construction and operations and third-party standards and validation that is setting a new green standard for transportation infrastructure projects.
High-Speed Rail Construction in the Central Valley – We will detail some our most notable structures in the Central Valley such as the San Joaquin River Viaduct, Hanford Viaduct and Cedar Viaduct. You can take a closer look at these structures on BuildHSR.com.
Building Policy for the Nations First High-Speed Rail – Authority staff will detail the history of the California High-Speed Rail project, progress and challenges of the project and provide foundational knowledge to understand mega infrastructure transit projects in California, the United States and all over the world.
California High-Speed Rail: General Project Overview & Regional Update – Want to keep the update general and high-level? We can share where we are now in 2022 and timeline for major milestones coming in the next few years.
Diverse Jobs on the California High-Speed Rail – Staff from various departments discuss their work individually and the collaboration across fields. Our last presentation included a panel with Small Business, Engineering, Communications and Human Resources.
Landing a State Job – A Career in Public Service – Authority staff will detail pathways for careers with the state of California, review exams, experience and various job classifications.
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