How do I become a Master Roads Scholar?
The third level of recognition is the Master Roads Scholar program. To become a Master Roads Scholar, one must complete the requirements of Advanced Roads Scholar and then complete 6 of the courses listed below and write a case study which focuses on a local transportation project. All training sessions offered by NC LTAP can be taken in any order, at any level, at any time, however, the requirements for Roads Scholar and Advanced Roads Scholar must be met first.
Length – 1 day | Lunch provided for all courses.
PDH – 6 hours
Master Roads Scholar Courses:
- ADA Regulations and Requirements – This course provides participants with information about planning, design, construction, and materials which meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and ensure that there are no barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from accessing facilities, programs, services, and activities.
- Asset Management – This course focuses on the principles of strategic and cost-effective transportation asset management. Topics covered in this course include investment evaluation, program design and implementation, risk assessment, long-term financial planning, and data collection and assessment.
- Basic GIS – This introductory course provides the foundation for understanding Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a computer-based methodology for collecting, analyzing, modeling and presenting geographic data. Students will learn how to create and visualize information that can be used to make decisions and solve problems.
- Communicating with the Public and Media – Effective communication with the public can prevent confusion and complications during transportation projects. This course covers strategies and guidelines for communicating important information with the public and media organizations, including strategic communication planning, message development, audience specification, press release development, social media, and interacting with news organizations.
- Effective Leadership Skills – This course will provide an opportunity to prepare for a supervisory or leadership role by learning management concepts, tools, and techniques to build personal influence and succeed as a leader. Topics include ethics, organizational self-assessment, defining excellence, and team development.
- Ethics of Public Works – This course focuses on the importance of ethics in Public Works. Course content includes legal requirements and restrictions under North Carolina state law that apply to public officials and employees – conflicts of interest in public contracting, prohibitions on accepting gifts and favors from vendors and contractors, misuse of confidential information, and misuse of public resources (otherwise known as embezzlement).
- Fundamentals of Government – This course provides an overview of the United States government structure, including the organization, operation, and interaction of branches of government at the federal, state, and local levels.
- Productive Team Building – This course examines group dynamics and how to create a functional group and a productive team. Topics include communicating well with others, discovering and harnessing personal strengths, stimulating collaboration, appreciating diversity, and unification of goals.
- Stepping Stones for Success – This course teaches the impact of focus to accomplish goals and elevating leadership ability. Course content will focus on how to relate, understand and motivate people and key communication styles to improve communications. You will also learn how to control stress and worry to improve results in the workplace and better understand the power of team performance.
- Storm and Emergency Management – This course covers how to develop, practice, and maintain emergency management plans that reflect what must be done before, during, and after a disaster. Participants will receive an overview of FEMA guidelines.
Master Roads Scholar Case Study
The required Case Study should document a transportation project recently completed (within the last three years) in your local area or region of the state. You must submit your project for approval by NCLTAP prior to preparing the case study.
The following outline can be used as a guide for the case study.
a. Describe the background of the project. Why is it needed? What is wrong with the current system or condition?
b. Who is affected by the project, what are the challenges and what are the benefits of this project?
- The Project
a. Describe the magnitude of the project. This may include length, quantities, and costs.
b. What steps were taken to complete the project?
c. What challenges were encountered with the project? Do you consider this project a success and why?
a. What did you learn from this project?
b. How can you use this knowledge in your career?
Upon completion of the Master Roads Scholar Program, participants receive the following:
- Certificate of Training
- Recognition at the APWA-NC Streets Division Annual Conference
- Recognition in LTAP’s Transportation Tracks newsletter
- Letter of Commendation, copied to supervisor and mayor
- Press release announcing achievement in local newspaper
- Master Roads Scholar shirt
For questions about the Master Roads Scholar program, contact:
Bill Woods, Program Coordinator
919-515-8033 | email@example.com