Tracy Valdes began her career in the newspaper industry. After 25 years working in operations, she had a chance to go back to school and complete her Bachelor’s degree in Business.
Knowing her passion for the aviation industry, her professor recommended the Southeast Region (SE) Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) housed at Miami Dade College, as a resource for internship opportunities. Tracy served as a Women in Transportation Initiative (WITI) Intern coordinating efforts of SE Region’s academic credit bearing internship Pilot Program.
Tracy Valdes, SE Region WITI Intern
As part of the pilot program, Tracy had the opportunity to liaison between university staff and students, as well as industry and agency internship hosts, whose role included:
- Accommodating 10 college female students once a week for full day
- Providing overview about Agency/Organization, including its mission and goals, its people and corporate culture; recruiting efforts and Internship opportunities
- Conducting Department/Division Briefings informing students about role, organizational structure, functions, programs of department/division and specific responsibilities within each department
- Leading narrated tour of facilities and operations
- Immersing students into actual work environment with task(s)/activity(s) to help them develop professional skills; gain opportunity to learn more about the corporate world, and to practice business etiquette and professionalism
Participating agency/industry host included The Boeing Company, AAR, FAA’s Miami Air Traffic Control Tower, PortMiami, Miami Dade Transit, Miami Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) and more.
Recently, Tracy Valdes was hired at the Boeing Miami Campus, which was the site she toured with WITI interns. Tracy’s responsibilities entail leading a team of Guest Service Representatives (GSRs) who perform documentation collection for pilot training on Boeing aircrafts at the Miami Campus. Tracy keeps her eye on the community 'ball' and wants to “continue working with young people, introducing them to the transportation industry.”
“It is still sureal that I would return to the workforce, land an internship in an industry I’ve always had a passion for, and end up at my dream corporation – Boeing Company - Adriana Clark’s trust and mentorship during my internship is what I hope for women and girls across the country who aspire to experience transportation careers on this level.”
Miami Dade College serves as OSDBU's SE Region’s SBTRC. OSDBU’s SE Region’s SBTRC administers the USDOT’s small business assistance programs and provides technical assistance to small businesses throughout the states of Alabama, Florida, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information on the SBTRC program please click here