The North Carolina Local Technical Assistance Program (NC LTAP), administered through ITRE, is expanding its highly successful Roads Scholar training curriculum. The new Master Roads Scholar program, which launched in October, enables local and state government transportation employees who have completed the entry-level Roads Scholar and Advanced Roads Scholar training programs to gain additional high-level job skills and knowledge. Master Roads Scholar courses include topics such as Effective Leadership Training, Asset Management, Ethics in Public Works, and more. In addition to their course work, master program participants complete a case study paper on a local transportation project.
The first two Master Roads Scholar courses offered this fall were well-received by all participants. NC State University professor Dr. Jessica Jameson, from the Department of Communication, taught the inaugural course on Effective Leadership Training (pictured below left). ITRE staff Mike Miller and Rob Kimball, of the Geovisual Analytics and Decision Management group, taught a course on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in November for the new program (pictured below right). NC LTAP provides extensive training and technical assistance to local and state employees who maintain roads in North Carolina. Courses are offered across the state and include topics such as Work Zone Safety, Pavement Maintenance, Heavy Equipment Operation, and Supervisory Skills. For more information contact Linda Collier at firstname.lastname@example.org.