The Roads Scholar graduation ceremony kicked off the 2011 Minnesota Spring Maintenance Training Expo in St. Cloud. Jim Grothaus, director of Minnesota LTAP, opened the expo by introducing this year’s 10 Roads Scholars. It’s the sixth year of the Roads Scholar program, which awards a certificate to maintenance workers who complete a variety of training workshops and programs. Grothaus thanked the city and county supervisors who gave their employees time to complete the program. “It’s important to find ways to grow professionally,” he said.
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 James Landini, Shorewood city engineer, the LTAP Roads Scholars Program has been helpful for earning continuing education credits and much more. "I made valuable professional contacts, and it gave me more tools to use to get work done,” Landini said.
Other graduates, including Coon Rapids public works employee Jason Olson, said the program has provided new ideas and new methods helpful in daily operations. "I am able to put to use the methods I learned for quicker results," Olson said.
Minnetrista public works superintendent Robin Bowman hopes others will take time to participate in the Roads Scholar program. "It's helped me learn from real-world examples and benefit from the exchange of information with instructors and other attendees,” Bowman said. "It has some of the best training I’ve seen in this field.”
Students who completed their coursework by December 31, 2010, are considered the Class of 2010.
Not pictured: Dan Zollinger, City of Coon Rapids