Rose Bellanca: On preparing skilled workers for ‘smart cities’ of tomorrow

These technicians won’t be fixing brake lines or transmissions. Instead, Bellanca, president of Washtenaw Community College, says people will be needed to diagnose and repair intelligent transportation systems, install and troubleshoot fiber optic lines and analyze all of the data that connected and autonomous vehicles will send about such things as speed, location, traffic hazards and weather conditions.
Washtenaw Community College is about to launch four new, not-for-credit courses to teach people working in the emerging mobility industry the skills they’ll need to be ready for the day self-driving cars are built and running. The college recently opened an office near the American Center for Mobility driverless car test hub at Willow Run in Ypsilanti Township, which is under construction with financial investment from the industry.