From left to right, ARTBA’s Omar Lopez, Ashlyn Nisker, Michael Sakata and Alexandra Frick.

By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA

ARTBA and its local affiliate, the Metropolitan Washington Road & Transportation Builders Association (MWRTBA), May 21 were exhibitors at Gallaudet University’s 2015 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Summit and Networking Symposium. The event, sponsored by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the D.C. Division of the Federal Highway Administration featured keynote speaker District Congresswoman, Eleanor Holmes Norton.

The summit provided an opportunity for DDOT and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority-certified DBE firms and small businesses to learn about upcoming federal-assisted business opportunities. It also offered a chance for attendees to network with highway construction-related contractors, civil architectural and engineering firms, DDOT’s project managers, and other firms and businesses within the transportation industry.

ARTBA and MWRTBA also sponsored the Francis L. Cardozo 6th Annual Industry Day at the local Washington D.C. high school on May 28. The event gives students an opportunity to interact with professionals in the transportation, construction, engineering, technology and aviation fields. They are encouraged to learn more about the work and educational requirements, job opportunities and vast number of career options in the various industries.

The school said its event differs from a traditional “career day” by offering information through small seminars and dialogue exchange in the morning, as well as exhibits in the afternoon.  The event is comprised of leaders from the private and public sectors who have a commitment to provide learning opportunities and interaction with industry role models that will prepare students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.