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​​       Michigan's Kelsey Fournier's TRAC Experiences Lead To Civil Engineering      Major
    Michigan's Superior Region hosted Kelsey Fournier of Gladstone in summer Transportation and Civil Engineering Program

​               Kelsey Fournier, 18, gives credit to Michigan's TRAC Program for helping her discover her interest in bridge engineering.  Michigan's TRAC program has three facets: it's outreach program for high school and middle school students, a state-wide bridge building competition and an internship program.  

       Kelsey's experiences with TRAC in school and her seven week internship with MDOT which included scoping and scoping verification meetings, visiting the sign shop and the bit lab, inspecting bridges and working on a design job helped her make her decision to major in civil engineering.

      Currently attending Michigan Tech, Kelsey is pursuing a double major in civil and mechanical engineering.   "The opportunity was not only a great resume builder, but it was probably the best way I could think of to start my career as a civil engineer."

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Brad St. Germain: A Success Story ​

 "I have experienced so much at a young age that many people never get to and I am grateful".
- Brad St. Germain

After winning a National AASHTO Bridge Competition as a senior in high school and being employed by MDOT for two summers, it is safe to say that Brad St. Germain has gained a lot of experience in his field. As a student studying Civil Engineering at Michigan Technological University, Brad said his experience with MDOT has been very beneficial in preparing him for his future career.

As a senior in high school, the TRAC program was a blessing according to Brad. His instructor, Kevin Bell, introduced him to the TRAC program in his Advanced CAD class. He and his classmates were intrigued as the instructor explained the state wide bridge building competition. The class used balsa wood and string to build prototypes, tested and documented all of their work. Brad and his classmates were all hoping to be accepted to the state competition but never dreamed they would be a finalist in the national competition. "Going to the Nationals was an amazing experience I'll never forget," Brad said. "Our bridge held the most weight out of the 3 teams in the final competition securing first place honors for our team."

In the spring of his senior year, Brad received the opportunity to work for MDOT as an intern. During the internship, he participated in several DOT tasks including: design, estimating, construction inspection, bridge inspection, sampling, HMA testing and aggregate testing. The following summer, he had the opportunity to work with MDOT again as a Construction Co-op. Brad says he has enjoyed working with MDOT because it has given him the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field.

Brad expressed his gratitude to MDOT for bettering his life in ways he couldn't have imagined. "I have experienced so much at a young age that many people never get to and I am grateful".

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