Transportation is a support service that is often overlooked and can become a major issue concerning student retention, placement, and sustained employability. In rural communities, reservations, and urbanized communities with underdeveloped transportation infrastructure, Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (JT) programs may need to include transportation (between home and training, and between home and work) as a condition of acceptance. An alternative is to provide transportation services during training with the understanding that post-graduation transportation will become a responsibility of the participant. In extreme cases such as programs located in Alaska, students may be transported, trained, and housed at a central location as student residents.
Urban communities with good transportation service allows for more flexibility. Students can commute to training and secure sustainable jobs within the community’s transportation network. JT programs have leveraged transportation support in a number of ways. In rural areas, auto dealerships have provided discounts to JT graduates. In urban communities, it is not uncommon for students to receive free or discounted public transportation passes to and from class.