2009 Roads Scholars

2008 Roads Scholar Graduates

Minnesota LTAP honored graduates of its Roads Scholars Program at the Spring Maintenance Training Expo held in St. Cloud in April 2009. Mn/DOT Commissioner Tom Sorel, Director of Minnesota LTAP Jim Grothaus, and Minnesota LTAP training coordinator Mindy Carlson were on hand at the ceremony to present certificates to the graduates. This year’s class, the largest ever, featured 23 street and highway maintenance workers from across the state.

Nearly 1,800 students across the state are enrolled in the Roads Scholar Program, which combines training options such as maintenance expos and LTAP workshops into a structured curriculum.

According to graduate Myron Malecha, a highway maintenance worker from Rice County, his experience was extremely valuable. “The training programs give you a better understanding of your job and better ways to perform them,” he said.

Graduates agreed that their experience with the Roads Scholars Program was a positive one. According to Peter Higlers, a City of Prior Lake maintenance worker, the knowledge he gained will help him on the job. “The information was useful because it was all about what we do everyday,” he said. “It can be applied immediately.”

Steve Neppl said he also enjoyed learning from his peers throughout the program. “The courses offered have provided me with references and contacts for future projects. It is a great benefit just to hear and talk with others at the courses to see how they do things.” Neppl is employed by the Wilkin County Highway Department, and has worked in local government for 20 years.

2008 Graduates

Jayson Anderson

Jayson Anderson,
City of Coon Rapids
Maintenance Worker

Brian Blake

Brian Blake, City
of Coon Rapids
Maintenance Worker

Brad Brandt

Brad Brandt, City
of Prior Lake
Maintenance Worker

Brian Breeggemann

Brian Breggemann,
Scott County
Highway Maintenance

Pete Buss

Pete Buss, Scott
County Highway
Maintenance

Mark Christofferson

Mark Christofferson,
City of Coon Rapids
Streets Supervisor

Gary Cronin

Greg Cronin, City
of Coon Rapids
Streets Supervisor

Bruce Friedges

Bruce Friedges,
City of Prior Lake
Maintenance Worker

Kevin Harms

Kevin Harms,
Olmsted County
Highway Maintenance

Pete Hilgers

Pete Hilgers, City
of Prior Lake
Maintenance Worker

Steve Jeska

Steve Jeska, City
of Minnetrista
Maintenance Worker

Myron Malecha

Myron Malecha,
Rice County
Highway Maintenance

Randy MIllard

Randy Millard,
Scott County
Maintenance Worker

John Nelson

John Nelson, City
of Mankato
Mechanic

Steve Neppl

Steve Neppl, Wilkin
County Maintenance
Worker

Steve Oian

Steve Oian, Norway
Township Maintenance
Worker

Kevin Savage

Kevin Savage, Scott
County Maintenance
Worker

Don Schindler

Don Schindler, City
of Coon Rapids
Maintenance Supervisor

Gary Schimitz

Gary Schmitz, Scott
County Highway
Maintenance

Marc Starr

Marc Starr, City of
Coon Rapids
Streets Supervisor

Andy Steinhagen

Andy Steinhagen,
Scott County
Maintenance Worker

Andy Stephes

Andy Stephes,
City of Prior Lake
Maintenance Worker