The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC), a trade organization, focuses on serving the needs of railroad contractors, suppliers, and the railroad and rail transit construction industry. Their main objective includes the promotion of continuing education and improvement of railroad and rail transit construction methods.

Their recent contributions reflect the organization’s efforts to improve rail-related education. In 2014 alone, the NRC has made contributions to the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Construction and Operations Management Program, the Penn State Altoona Rail Transportation Engineering Program and the Michigan State University Certificate Course in Railway Management.

The Construction and Operations Management Program ran by the SDSU gives students an insight on how to manage construction projects in different sectors such as the heavy-highway utilities sector. Due to the high-demand for quality prepared construction and project managers in the rail industry the NRC made a contribution to this specific program.

With regards to the Penn State Altoona Rail Transportation Engineering Program, students are offered several courses related to transportation and rail. More specifically, the program offers basic business knowledge which allows students to understand the connection of railroads with society and the usefulness of railroads.

Lastly, the Michigan State University Certificate Course in Railway Management serves as an opportunity for railroad employees to widen and strengthen their knowledge and grow professionally.

 

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