Apply Now for High School Summer Program in Rail

With funding from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Michigan Tech and Penn State Altoona have teamed up to offer 60 high school students across the U.S. an exciting opportunity to learn about rail in a Summer 2022 program titled “Tracks to the Future: Railroad Transportation and Engineering”. Learn what forms modern railroad track, explore railway equipment from around the globe, and analyze the latest operations, communication and control systems. Find out how it all works through virtual sessions, hands-on activities, and field visits to railroad facilities.

All applicants who are accepted for the program will receive scholarships that cover the program fees. This includes all materials plus camp staffing, overnight accommodations in a campus residence hall, meals and insurance for the on-campus portion of the program. Campers are responsible for their own travel expenses to and from their assigned campus host. This hybrid program will feature a virtual portion (at home) that runs July 11-12 with a two-day visit at one of the three partnering campuses (max. 20 on each campus) on July 14-15. Wednesday, July 13 is a travel day.

Applications are due by April 10th.  Don’t wait – encourage your favorite student to get an application in today!



Tracks to the Future Program Sponsored by:


Hybrid Program Host Universities:

RailTEC at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Rail Transportation & Engineering  (RTE) Program at Penn State Altoona


Rail Transportation Program (RTP) at Michigan Tech