Transportation manager driven to expand his knowledge

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- For Penn State transportation manager Ryan Givens, working in the transportation industry may be part of his destiny. A native of Pennsylvania, Givens grew up loving cars and a fan of racing. After high school, Givens attended Old Dominion University where he was involved in ROTC. Following graduation and his commissioning as a Marine Corps Officer, Givens embarked on a military career where he worked as a transportation officer.

After 11 years in the military, Givens hung up his combat boots. He later obtained a position as a Parking Planner and Facilities Coordinator at N.C. State in the Transportation Department.

“I had planned on staying in Raleigh,” said Givens. “But when the opportunity presented itself here, it was the one place that could get me back to Pennsylvania.”

Givens aspires to advance in the field of transportation. His move to the position at Penn State was just one of the ways he made that goal a reality. Another was becoming a Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP), a program he began while at N.C. State.

“When I got to Penn State, it was important for me to continue that program,” said Givens. “Penn State has had CAPPs in the past and they were more than willing to help me continue the program. This program shows you have gone above and beyond.”

According to the International Parking Institute (IPI) website, the CAPP program was developed by IPI and is administered in partnership with the University of Virginia. It was created to provide continuing education and training to professionals in the parking and transportation industry. Participants must first submit an application. Once accepted, candidates are required to participate in two five-day conference sessions and three two-day seminars. Finally, all candidates must pass an exam along with completing the program in no more than five years.

Givens impressively completed the program in less than two years, and is now one of four individuals in the Transportation Services department at Penn State with the CAPP certification. The others are Teresa Davis, Jean Harris and Frank Pope. During his time in the program, Givens attended seminars around the country, including one in Pittsburgh, two in Florida and another in Phoenix. He stresses despite the travel to warm places, it did not include time on the beach.

“It sounds adventurous,” said Givens. “But you really do spend a lot of your time indoors in the sessions learning.”

The CAPP designation is valid for three years before individuals must be recertified. The recertification process can include attending conferences and seminars, authoring an article and giving a presentation on industry-related topics.

Givens is planning to continue his education as he strives to advance further in his career. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in professional studies in homeland security through Penn State and plans to apply what he learns to his current position.

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Last Updated July 02, 2013