News Briefs

VDOT Partners With Navy And Virginia Beach Schools

At Navy base with VDOT staffNov. 14, 2017: It was a field trip some Virginia Beach fifth-graders won’t soon forget.

Their learning lab for the day was the Master Jet Base at Oceana Naval Air Station, where VDOT partnered with the U.S. Navy and Virginia Beach Public Schools to offer a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) laboratory outreach program for students. 

The out-of-classroom experience was designed to jump start the fifth-graders’ interest in STEM-related careers.

Representatives from the Hampton Roads District discussed how STEM relates to transportation and had a pair of trucks on display.

A VDOT engineer also explained how bridges and tunnels are built.

The Hampton Roads District has already accepted an invitation to partner with the Navy and school system on the project again next year.

Bristol District Holds Career Fair

Bristol career fairNov. 13, 2014: The VDOT Bristol District’s third transportation career fair for high school students was held last month, growing from 300 area high school students in 2016 to more than 500 this year.

The fair, organized by Bristol Civil Rights staff, included 35 exhibitors and offered a variety of information on careers in transportation.

“This was our largest and most successful career fair to date, only made possible by the great support of our planning team and district staff,” VDOT Civil Rights Manager Mary Ann Altum said. 

“The event gives high school students in southwest Virginia the opportunity to realize the many different career paths available to them in the transportation industry.”

Eleven schools in southwestern Virginia were represented, including those from Washington, Smyth, Russell, Tazewell, Lee, Dickenson and Wise counties.

Each student received a score card to have stamped as they visited the various booths in order to be eligible for prizes provided by VDOT contractor AECOM.

A. Morton Thomas provided bottled water for the students and staff.

The Great Virginia Pumpkin

Pumpkin being movedNov. 8, 2017: VDOT Richmond District equipment shop employees John Eckert and Jerry Slagle helped deliver a prize-winning State Fair pumpkin to the governor’s mansion for the third year running.

The gourd placed first as the state’s prettiest pumpkin this year, and came in fourth for the heaviest.

Using a forklift and sharp operating skills, Eckert removed the pumpkin from a pickup truck and maneuvered it to rest among a host of other fall-themed decorations on the mansion’s front porch.

First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Basil Gooden and new McAuliffe puppy Trooper celebrated the arrival of the great pumpkin, reminding Virginians how important and valuable our produce farmers are in every season.

From Orange To Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness

Hanging Rock CrewNov. 3, 2017: Recently, during their snow preparedness event, employees at the Hanging Rock Area Headquarters in VDOT's Salem District came together as a team to raise awareness for breast cancer. 

During a morning safety meeting at the area headquarters, the maintenance crew discussed health and safety and received information about breast cancer.

It is not just women who battle this form of cancer. It can attack men as well.

The crew decided to wear pink at their snow dry run in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to support those who have survived or been affected by this cancer.

Genie Philpott, wife of crew superintendent Stan Philpott, is a 14-year survivor.

Hanging Rock supervisor Tammie Sowers is an 11-year survivor.

“The more encouragement I got when I was going through it, the better I could cope with it,” Tammie said.

“It’s important to me, as a survivor myself, to let those who are going through it know that they are not alone. We are behind you.”

Consultants and VDOT Staff Visit Career Expo

Oct. 30, 2017: The VDOT Bristol District and the local consultant engineering community partnered to give more than 4,300 local middle school children in southwestern Virginia information about opportunities in the construction field.

Whitman, Requardt & Associates, A. Morton Thomas & Associates Inc. and VDOT staff attended the two-day United Way of Southwest Virginia’s 2017 Careers Expo for Youth and gave information about construction process, from preliminary engineering to the finished product.

“We used survey and concrete testing equipment to give the attendees a more hands on look at things we do at VDOT to bring a project to fruition,” District Project Controls Engineer Marty Halloway said.

“We hope the information planted a seed in their minds that engineering is a career possibility.”

Halloway said many children were excited to see VDOT at the fair because they had parents who worked for the department.

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