The CTAA Emerging Leaders Academy is designed for transportation system employees who have shown promise as a future leader.
If you answered yes to any of the above question, you should not hesitate to join this year’s class of CTAA’s Emerging Leaders Academy. Those considering participation in the Academy must be committed to pursuing leadership roles within the community transportation field and being of service to their system and the field as a whole. They will also commit to participating in all activities of the Academy, which can be found here.
Yes, the CTAA Emerging Leaders Academy is a significant time commitment, but prospective students please know that the program is absolutely respectful of your current and ongoing responsibilities at your current transit agency. Being mindful of this, we space out our Leadership Study groups throughout the 9 months and allow ELA students ample time to work on their capstone projects and interact with their mentors as time allows. To date, none of our ELA graduates has been unable to strike a workable balance between work responsibilities and classwork.
The tuition for the ELA will be $3,000 per participant to be invoiced on July 1, 2021. This cost includes all the instruction, distance learning, and registration for EXPOs 2021 and 2022. All travel, meal, lodging, and incidental expenses will be the responsibility of the participant or the participant’s employer.
The curriculum for the 2021/2022 CTAA Emerging Leaders Academy will consist of in-person training, webinars, leadership study groups, and a participant-selected project. Participants will be also be paired with mentors to allow for on-going discussion and dialog during the process. Participants will be expected to complete all assignments and participate in discussion groups with fellow participants and mentors.
Each participant in the ELA will complete a leadership project, which will allow the participant to demonstrate leadership skills, assess and address issues in the field, and contribute to their system. The project process will consist of these phases:
The Emerging Leaders Academy is a year-long academy to develop true leaders in the transit field. From 2018 to 2019, upcoming transit leaders from across the country gained increased understanding of their leadership skills, learned industry trends and became knowledgeable about what it takes to be a leader.
Throughout the year, the participants worked with each other, their mentors and CTAA leaders to develop a project that would demonstrate leadership skills, and assess and address issues in the field that would contribute to their system. Their projects vary in topics, ranging from the accommodation of service animals on-board a transit vehicle to the implementation of a volunteer transportation program.
EXPO 2019 gave this class of ELA participants an opportunity to share their final projects and reports with their fellow participants, as well as EXPO attendees through a poster session. Click through the mentors and participants below to get to know the class of 2018-2019. The subject of the project is listed below each participant’s name.
The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) and its members believe that mobility is a basic human right. From work and education to life-sustaining health care and human services programs to shopping and visiting with family and friends, mobility directly impacts quality of life.