COMTO San Antonio Transportation Scholarship Programs
Pictured from left to right: Ms. Mona Hazel COMTO San Antonio 2nd Vice President, Ms. Leticia Collier PDI Scholarship Winner,
Ms. Raquel Reyes COMTO San Antonio President
Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) San Antonio Chapter recently began a pilot Professional Development Scholarship Program as part of an effort to offer more tangibles to its members. Ms. Leticia Collier, a Professional Bus Operator with VIA Metropolitan Transit was selected to receive a scholarship to attend the Professional Development Institute (PDI), which is a partnership between the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) San Antonio Chapter and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Public Policy.
The scholarship selection committee consisted of a team of VIA Metropolitan Transit employees who are PDI graduates. PDI is a six-month program with sessions occurring one Friday per month taking place at UTSA Downtown Campus. PDI began in 2011 and enjoyed continuous support from local public sector agencies such as City of San Antonio, Bexar County, CPS Energy, San Antonio Water System, San Antonio Housing Authority and VIA Metropolitan Transit to name a few.
COMTO San Antonio plans to offer many professional development opportunities throughout the year. There are upcoming full day learning sessions as well as Lunch & Learns on topics surrounding basic and intermediate Microsoft Suiteapplications, business etiquette, intro to project management, etc.
COMTO San Antonio also offers scholarships to San Antonio area residents who are enrolled in a public or private non-profit college and university majoring in a transportation-related discipline. For more information on criteria or to request a scholarship packet, contact
Mr. William Varnado at
or Ms. Eva Chatman-Brown at
MISSION: The mission of COMTO is to ensure a level playing field and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, businesses and communities of color through advocacy, information sharing, training, education and professional development.
VISION: To see the diverse faces of America equally reflected in all levels of the transportation industry.
STRATEGIC PLAN GOALS:
Historically Underused Businesses (HUBs/DBEs): Become a Key Resource Center
Chapter Growth and Development
Membership Growth and Retention
Professional Development and Training
MEMBERSHIP: COMTO has thirty-nine (39) chapters throughout the United States. Members include individuals, transportation agencies, academic institutions, industry non-profits and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs). From highways and roads to mass transit systems; from subways to rail systems; and from port authorities to airports, COMTO members represent every facet of the transportation industry. They are the presidents and chief executive officers who determine the direction of major transportation systems and the mechanics and operators who ensure the safe passage of millions of transportation riders everyday. For more information on membership, please contact COMTO San Antonio at (210) 362-2111. Visit our website at www.comtonational.org.