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|Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-08-006 Date: Sept/Oct 2008|
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-08-006
Issue No: Vol. 72 No. 2
Date: Sept/Oct 2008
Attrition of the highway construction workforce poses an ongoing challenge for transportations agencies. At the same time, cutting-edge technologies for construction and system preservation demand new skills and highly trained personnel. To provide leadership at the national level in addressing workforce development focused on the frontline of highway construction and maintenance, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) partnered with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and five regional certification groups to create the Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TCCC).
The TCCC is a partnership of FHWA, the National Highway Institute (NHI), State departments of transportation (DOTs), and the highway transportation industry. The council's purpose is to build and maintain training resources for the transportation workforce, primarily at the technician level at State, municipal, and county DOTs. Since the council's creation in 2000, it has grown to include hundreds of subject matter experts from across the country and throughout the highway industry.
In the coming year, the TCCC expects to shift focus increasingly toward distance learning. According to Ann Gretter, NHI's liaison to the council, the TCCC and NHI have partnered to develop many courses, and members are working to roll out 13 Web-based trainings (WBTs) and instructor-led courses in 2008, with 4 Web-based courses already released in early 2008. "NHI relies on input from subject matter experts to develop quality training," Gretter says. "The council works with NHI by providing subject matter expertise and funding for course development."
The four most recently launched WBTs cover a range of topic areas relevant to highway construction personnel: Basic Materials for Highway and Structure Construction and Maintenance (FHWA-NHI-131117), Ethics Awareness for the Transportation Industry (FHWA-NHI-134069), Basic Construction and Maintenance Documentation — Improving the Daily Diary (FHWA-NHI-134071), and Hardened Concrete Properties — Durability (FHWA-NHI-134075).
"The intent is to give agencies and contractors good, quick training for employees to help them save travel time," says Chris Anderson, technical training coordinator for Iowa DOT, who serves as chair of the TCCC's course development team. "It's a money-saving way to get the skills to the people who need them."
All four courses were developed to review and improve basic highway and structure knowledge applied to construction and maintenance projects. The target audience for these WBTs includes entry- and intermediate-level personnel at State and local agencies and their industry counterparts involved in construction, maintenance, and testing processes for highways and structures.
Other WBTs under development through TCCC and NHI collaboration include Math Module (FHWA-NHI-134072), Bolted Connections (FHWA-NHI-134074), Stormwater (FHWA-NHI-134076), and GPS Technology (FHWA-NHI-134078).
The TCCC is committed to providing training materials to State and local transportation agencies and other partners at minimal or no cost. Therefore, FHWA, States, and industry partners are combining resources into a pooled fund to make the best use of limited training dollars. Toward that end, the TCCC recently issued a solicitation for a second 5-year, $5 million pooled fund that will help the partnership continue to develop new WBT and instructor-led courses.
State DOTs and other transportation agencies interested in supporting the TCCC through participation in the pooled fund can visit www.pooledfund.org for more information.
For more information about the TCCC, visit www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/tccc or contact Christopher Newman at 202-366-2023 or email@example.com. For complete course descriptions, or to host or enroll in TCCC training, visit www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov.
|A screen shot from the course Basic Materials for Highway and Structure Construction and Maintenance.|
Stacy Stottmeister is a contractor for NHI.