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How Automobiles Work

Dr. Richard Stewart: Next time you walk into
a grocery store, just look at the rows of apples. They may come from Washington state,
they may come from New Zealand, they may come from South America, they may come from Wisconsin
– all of these different places separated by tens of thousands of miles in some cases
– and all of these apples are in that grocery store, in the same location, at the same level
of ripeness. Narrator: Efficient movement of products around
the world plays a vital role in the global economy. At UW-Superior, Transportation and
Logistics Management students learn the business of moving people, products and materials in
a manner such that they arrive in the right place, at the right time, in the proper condition.
Richard: And if we do our job right – you never hear about us. It’s just there when
you reach out on the shelf. We call it the great hidden empire. Andre Anderson: You definitely don’t think
about it at all because it’s just kind of going on in the background. And it’s really
something that’s important. It’s kind of like a glue that fits everything together. Narrator: UW-Superior’s Transportation and
Logistics Management program was designed with the aid of industry leaders and draws
on many disciplines to produce graduates with a broad range of skills. Natalie Burger: The T&L program here incorporates
general business as well as the specific transportation courses. So being a T&L student you get to
take courses in accounting, finance, marketing – and then you also get to take the specific
courses like transportation economics, supply chain, intermodal transportation… Kate Ferguson: It’s building blocks. You
learn so much. And I think when you go out into the world and show how much you know,
it impresses people. Narrator: T&L students enjoy the benefits
of small class sizes and personal attention from top notch instructors.
Richard: All of the faculty we have in the T&L program have worked in industry prior
to working in academia. And we bring that knowledge of industry operations along with
academic training and expertise and research capabilities into the mix. Kate: They’re world class instructors, highly
renowned. And the best part is, being in a small institution they learn your name, they
know who you are, they push you to be better. Narrator: A key component to the success of
the program is Superior’s role as a Midwest transportation hub where ships, trucks, trains,
planes and pipeline converge. Natalie: The Twin Ports is the perfect location
to have a program like this because we’re really unique we have access to all five modes
of transportation. Richard: I mean you can go to LA and see many
modes of transportation. The beauty is, I can put my students into their cars or a van
and we can be at one of these sites in ten minutes. Natalie: There’s a bunch of different opportunities
for people to go see rail yards, see ports, see pipeline. Richard: So we climb aboard a locomotive,
we look at the parts of it, we talk about it. We go through the ship from stem to stern
and look at everything, with experts leading us and talking about it. Natalie: It really helps to connect what you’re
learning from reading textbooks to real world. Kate: Do I like pipelines? Do I maybe want
to be a planner? Do I want to lay out cities? Or do I really like these big ships over here?
How do you pick? And I think the fieldtrips direct focus for students. I want to thank the youth for coming out,
the students who are here today. Kate: One of the best things that I think
the program does is to encourage the students to get out into the transportation industry
and mingle and network. Richard: We competitively provide opportunities
for students to go to national venues, and where feasible international venues. Andre: I’ve gone to Washington D.C. twice,
I’ve gone to New Orleans, I went to Long Beach on a logistics case study competition. Natalie: I’ve been able to do research,
work on campus, attend conferences around the United States – and I think that really
adds to the quality of my education. Narrator: In addition to field trips and research
opportunities, all T&L students gain real world experience by completing an internship
with an employer. Andre: I did my internship with CH Robinson
in Hong King, which was a fantastic experience. Super awesome. Not only learning about the
technical stuff and what-not, but the soft side of business is something you do not get
in the classroom. And so having the internship built into the program is definitely vital. Narrator: Transportation and logistics are
crucial to all manufacturers, distributors, retailers and wholesalers. The US Department
of transportation predicts that world trade will double by 2035 and that the U.S. transportation
industry will need to hire 4.6 million workers by 2022 to address the growth in trade and
retirements. UW-Superior’s T&L program is one of only a handful in the nation that teaches
logistics, supply chain management and transportation. Richard: Industry so highly regards our graduates
that we have more jobs than we have students, and we are heavily endowed for scholarships
and other rewards fellowships for those students who achieve and do well. Andre: If you look at tuition and then what
you’re getting – it sets you up for so many opportunities. And the cost is much lower
than other places you could get a similar education. I would say that UWS really functions what a college should function as – a great platform to
springboard into your career or into your future. Natalie: I would recommend the T&L program
because I think it gives students a unique approach to business and a unique set of skills. Kate: I just don’t think you can get a better
education anywhere else when it comes to transportation and logistics. You just have the highest quality
instructors here and you’re surrounded by transportation every day. It makes for a great
program. There’s transportation all the way around the world. If there’s something
you want to do, UWS’s program will get you there.

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