Minnesota LTAP honored 15 graduates of the Roads Scholar Program at the 2010 Minnesota Spring Maintenance Training Expo in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Jim Grothaus, Minnesota LTAP director, and David Hutton, president of the American Public Works Association (APWA) Minnesota chapter, addressed the graduates during the ceremony. According to Grothaus, the Roads Scholars represent a “bright spot” in the profession.
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.
The LTAP Roads Scholars Program is helpful in daily operations, as well as for career development, according to City of Mankato foreman Joe Grabianowski. "I will use the training in my daily work," Grabianowski said. "It is a great program."
Some workers, like Mn/DOT's Dewayne Jones, are looking forward to bringing lessons learned back to the job. "The LTAP classes provided me with new technology and ongoing research that I can use to achieve my greatest goals in my job," Jones said.
Myron Malecha, from Lac qui Parle County, said he will immediately be able to reap the benefits of his studies. "Skills acquired during the LTAP training sessions help improve efficiency and productivity."
Students who completed their coursework by December 31, 2009, are considered the Class of 2009.
Not pictured: James Bengston, Hartman Companies; Mike Gerten, Dakota County