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Foundation for Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a 2-hour self-paced class designed to provide Tribal agencies with practical and effective ways to implement low cost GIS solutions into their day-to-day activities.  You cannot manage what you cannot measure – how to develop a basic map of your road inventory.  Topics discussed include: a brief history of the use and rapid development of GIS, the current availability of low cost, full featured GIS software platforms and the current availability of data and data types.  Attendees will leave with the tools necessary to develop a basic map of their roadway assets.

 Learning Outcomes:

 After completing this class, participants should be able to: 1. Understand a basic history of GIS. 2. Describe the rapid advancement of GIS and its availability.  3. Demonstrate how to download available GIS software. 4. Demonstrate how to find, download and load data. Demonstrate how to export data to Google Earth. 5. Understand the importance of having an updated inventory in which you control and understand.

Who should take this class:

 This class was developed for managers and workers alike.  Previous experience with GIS is not required.  Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will learn how to acquire, manage and illustrate data.  Attendees will gain insight into modern data sources and software for the development of a digital inventory.

 

There are approximately over 1.6 million miles of unpaved roads in the United States. Cities, counties and tribal nations share a common goal and that is the desire to design safe, long-lasting roads. In this online class, supervisors and operators will gain a better understanding of the materials, techniques, and equipment needed for maintaining gravel roads. Students will learn details about road design from construction to reshaping as well as recognizing the necessity of proper drainage. We will also describe many aspects of road maintenance from the grading process to material replacement.  

 Upon successful completion of this class, students will be able to: 1. Identify best practices for gravel road maintenance; 2. Describe the important of proper drainage on gravel roads; 3. List reasons for grading gravel roads; 4. Apply best practices in various road maintenance scenarios; 5. Select appropriate grading techniques needed to improve a gravel road; 6. Explain the use of culverts and how to install them; and 7. Identify techniques and applications to stabilize the road.

This two hour asynchronous online class is comprised of four 15 minute video lectures and four quizzes.

 

This self-paced 2 hour online course provides a basic introduction to Child Passenger Safety (CPS).  Students will gain basic knowledge of vehicle seat belt systems, various types of child restraints (car seats), and why it is important to use seat belts and car seats.  This class will provide an overview and awareness of child passenger safety and is great for anyone who works with children and families.  

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the class, students will be able to: 1. Understand the need for motor vehicle injury prevention, 2. Describe how crash dynamics and vehicle safety systems play a role in child passenger safety, 3. Describe the different components of child restraints and their function, 4. Understand the National Traffic Safety Highway Administration’s 5-step booster seat test and when to use a seatbelt.   

Who Should Take This Class: This class is intended for public safety personnel, emergency responders, health care providers, child care providers, social workers, child passenger safety technicians, transportation personnel, transportation planners, and for anyone interested in protecting children and families in vehicles.  Also, this class would be useful for anyone receiving funding to support a child passenger safety and occupant protection program.

 

Fundamentals of Bridge Maintenance teaches the participant the fundamental aspects of an effective bridge maintenance program. This self-paced 2-hour online class explains the importance of a balanced bridge maintenance program and the organizational structure of the bridge maintenance unit. This class will review bridge maintenance management that will provide basic information about bridge inspections and reviews the general concept of Maintenance Management Systems (MMS) and Bridge Management Systems (BMS).

Learning Outcomes:  Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to: 1. Describe common organizational structures of transportation agencies, the role of the bridge maintenance unit and the various cost-effective maintenance and preservation activities that these units perform. 2.Review various bridge maintenance program management activities and tools used to facilitate the accomplishment of these activities. 3. Classify bridge components, associated elements, and their intended function for commonly used materials. 4. Review the fundamentals of bridge mechanics and behaviors.

Who Should Take this Class:  Any manager responsible for maintaining bridge inventories and any maintenance worker who maintains bridges and/or culverts as part of their job activities should attend this class.

Car Seat Checkpoints and Child Passenger Safety Distribution Programs provide a multi-pronged approach to reducing motor vehicle injuries for not only children but for all members of the family.   This self-paced 2-hour online class introduces best practices for conducting a car seat checkpoint, highlighting the different car seats available, the appropriate car seat for your child and how to properly install them in all types of vehicles. Child passenger distribution programs provide a permanent place where families can get assistance in person with a qualified technician.    Students will gain practical knowledge about these two programs as well as learning best practices for marketing them to the community.  

Learning Outcomes: After completing Car Seat Checkpoints and Child Passenger Safety Distribution Programs, participants should be able to: 1. List necessary steps to conduct a car seat checkpoint; 2. List resources necessary to conduct a car seat checkpoint; 3. Effectively plan a car seat checkpoint; 4. Explain the benefits of a child passenger safety distribution program; 5. Describe the components of an occupant protection toolkit; 6. Describe the different ways to market a child passenger safety program and 7. Identify the key events to include in a community child passenger safety calendar.

Who Should Take This Class: This class is intended for public safety personnel, emergency responders, health care providers, child care providers, social workers, child passenger safety technicians, transportation personnel, transportation planners, and for anyone interested in protecting children and families in vehicles.  Also, this class would be useful for anyone receiving funding to support a child passenger safety and occupant protection program.

A construction contract administrator is responsible for managing the terms of the building contract between parties. Contract administration requires knowledge and skills to maintain the integrity of a contract and apply routine provisions that are necessary. In this self-paced 2-hour online class students will gain knowledge of contract administration including the ability to set up appropriate office procedures and to how keep accurate records for the term of the building contract.  Learners will also become familiar with elements of contract administration including the importance of the pre-bid conferences, post award activities and general contract requirements.

Learning Outcomes: After successful completion of Construction Contract Administration students should be able to; 1. Construct and specify the need for a contract; 2. Identify contract risks and how to eliminate them; 3. Define contract administration and what it entails; 4. Relate the use of critical documentation and record keeping; 5. Summarize the importance of pre-bid and post award activities; 6. Identify general contract requirements; and 7. Explain bond requirements and contract revisions

Who Should Take This Class: This class is intended for project managers, area engineers, construction administrators, or anyone wanting to learn more about construction contract management.

During this self-paced 2-hour online course students will gain knowledge on ways to work with consultants in managing consultant contracts for tribal transportation projects, and in ensuring a reliable process resulting in a quality product. As projects become more sophisticated and tribal transportation personnel more burdened, the use of consultants to begin and complete projects is become more in demand. Consultants perform a number of different tasks for tribal transportation groups and agencies. This work ranges from basic project development, PS&E, and in some cases complete design/build. Managing consultant contracts is an extremely important responsibility for tribes.

Learning Outcomes: After successful completion of Contract Management for AE Consultant Contracts, students should be able to; 1. Define good contract management; 2. Prepare for a good consultant and agency relationship; 3. Identify ways staff and consultants can work together; 4. Create successful work schedules; 5. Describe successful project completion; 6. Explain the importance of payment to consultants; 7. Describe balance of control in the project; and  8. Identify the various steps of dispute resolution.

Who Should Take This Class:  This class is intended for project managers, contract managers, those involved with the consultant selection and oversight process, and anyone interested in wanting to learn more about managing consultant contracts.

Contract Specification Writing consists of careful consistency of requirements throughout a contract and conformity with what is written in other documents.  This self-paced 2-hour online class is designed to enable the student to understand Specification Documentation, Writing, and Language using individual practical application that includes writing “specifications” for brewing coffee. 

Learning Outcomes: After completing Contract Specification Writing, participants should be able to: 1.  Explain the elements of plans/specifications/estimates and FP-14.  2.  Understand the different forms of specifications on roadway construction.  3.  Explain the Tribe’s involvement in specification review/approval.  4.  Describe the different initiatives that have helped advance specification quality/consistency.

Who Should Take This Class: This class is intended for Tribal Leaders, Tribal Planners and anyone involved with Tribal Transportation projects that want to learn more about the importance of specifications and how they strengthen the Tribe’s ability effectively design, construct and manage tribal transportation needs.

This self-paced 2-hour online class begins with the initial introduction to Estimating Basics for Tribal transportation projects. Class discussion will include how an “estimate” differs from a “bid”.  The transportation project delivery process will define the different types of “estimating”, types of project delivery, and the compilation of how to achieve the best “bang-for-your-buck”.  An electronic calculation spreadsheet will be shared along with practical application on how to calculate cost-per-unit or lump sum transportation project materials.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the class, participants should be able to: 1. Describe “Best Practices” for a successful Tribal transportation project delivery process.  2.  Use “planning level” estimates beginning with ball-park figures.  3.  Relate the importance of including construction and preliminary engineering costs.  4.  Explain the importance for accurate project documentation.

Who Should Take This Course: This class provides entry level cost estimating training that is intended for individuals becoming involved in the planning, management and operations of Tribal Transportation projects.

This online class provides an understanding of the data/evidence-driven process and its role in the development of a tribal safety plan.  The data/evidence-driven decision process requires an organization to understand the process of analyzing both road segment and intersectional crash data. It also requires an organization to identify possible causes and trends within the data.  These trends and causes are used to review the root causes and contributing factors that cause crashes.  This class will enable students to use data to establish a “Hot Spot” or a “Systemic” analysis process.  Students will also learn effective corrective actions that reduce the threat of additional crashes.  This type of data analysis enables organizations to incorporate it into the organizational safety plan and provides the evidence that supports safety project funding and development.   

 Learning Outcomes: 

 After completing Crash Data Analysis, participants will be able to: 1. Describe the importance of using good data to support a tribal safetyplan; 2. Identify sources for crash data on tribal lands; 3. Analyze crashdata for both Hot Spot and Systemic approaches to safety plans; and 4. Properly review a sample of a basic crash map. 

 Who should take this class: 

This training is designed for Tribal Transportation Planners, Managers, Tribal Partners and Law Enforcement.    Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will gain knowledge on a proactive approach to roadway safety, reducing injuries and fatalities on their roads. 

This online course will teach students how to develop a statement of work, which is an essential part of both the contract and project management process. We will review how a basic Statement of Work should include precise work details, schedules, terms, and expected outcomes, and how imperative it is done correctly to prevent any misunderstanding on the job. Students will gain information about additional key elements that are required to for writing an effective Statement of Work (SOW) for A&E contracts including contingency tasks, and how developing your project in phases can help maintain a more organized project and have a positive effect on the overall job completion.

Learning Outcomes:  Upon successful completion of the class, students should be able to: 1. Define a basic Statement of Work (SOW) and its purpose; 2. Arrange the SOW in an organized manner according to specific formats; 3. Use appropriate tips for writing the most effective SOW for your project; 4. Apply additional key elements and requirements to the SOW for A&E contracts; 5. Organize the SOW for A&E contracts; and 6. Select appropriate language and style when writing a SOW.

Who Should Take This Class: This class is intended for project managers and contract administrators.  This class is introductory, so it will provide the basics for anyone wanting to move into the management field.

This self-paced 2-hour online class provides tribes an introduction to developing operational budgets and identifying resources to support them.  A tribal transportation department’s ability to prepare transportation budget requests, identify resource requirements while ensuring that planning and performance management remain within resource requirements is essential to maintaining a roadway network at a sustainable level of service. The desired end state of developing budgets and maintaining resources is a safe, efficient and convenient tribal roadway system for all users over the life of the transportation network.   

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this class, participants will be able to: 1. Define Budgeting; 2. Define the purpose of budgeting; 3. Define the three types of budgets; 4. Identify the stakeholders for developing a budget; 5. Explain the budgeting process; 6. Explain the role of planning in the budget process; and 7. Identify budget resources.

Who Should Take this Class: Maintenance engineers, first-level maintenance supervisors (and higher), and asset managers should attend this class. Professionals responsible for managing operational budgets, resourcing maintenance projects and treatment selection, and the monitoring of system conditions should also consider attending this class.

Developing Your Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan (DTTIP) - Self-Paced is a two hour asynchronous online training session. It is comprised of four 15 minute video lectures and four quizzes.

Developing your Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan (TTIP) can be challenging. Students will receive guidance on basic elements of developing strategies for transportation projects that are eligible for funding within the next 3-5 years. Coordinating with federal agencies to leverage funding will be discussed. The process of identifying the gap between the tribe’s vision/goals and what currently exists will be reviewed. Students will become familiar with ways to use the FHWA TTIP template and reshape to create their own TTIP.

Learning Outcomes:

After successful completion of Developing Your Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan, students should be able to:
1. Explain the importance of coordinating with federal agencies to leverage funding.
2. Describe the process of identifying the gap between the tribe’s vision/goals and what currently exists.
3. Describe the ways to use the FHWA TTIP Template.

Agenda:

• Your Transportation Improvement Plan
• What is in My TTIP?
• How Do I Use the TTIP Template?
• The Next Steps of TTIP

Who Should Take This Class:

This class is intended for tribal leaders; tribal planners and anyone involved with tribal transportation projects who want to learn more about the transportation improvement plan process.

Effective Coalition Building is a self-paced 2-hour online class that provides the resources and strategies for building a coalition.  This class is customizable to the Tribe’s needs to prioritize motor vehicle injury prevention interventions.  Modules are designed to meet Tribes at their current level of coalition building for injury prevention programs.  Using the public health approach, participants will be able to define the problems their community want to address, identify risk factors, create prevention strategies to address the problem and implement an evaluative process.

Learning Outcomes:  After completing Effective Coalition Building, participants will be able to: 1. Utilize data strategies for effective programming; 2. Create effective goals and action plans; 3. Identify the steps in building an effective coalition; 4. Demonstrate how to use critical resources for a successful motor vehicle injury prevention.

Who Should Take This Class: This class is intended for public safety personnel, emergency responders, health care providers, child care providers, social workers, child passenger safety technicians, transportation personnel, transportation planners, and for anyone interested in protecting children and families in vehicles.  Also, this class would be useful for anyone receiving funding to support a child passenger safety and occupant protection program.

This self-paced 2-hour on-line class provides participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to better understand how basic surveying tools/instruments are operated. Learn to record data for maintaining elevation, alignment control points and the importance of ensuring proper grades before starting your project.

Learning Outcomes:  Upon completion of the Elevation and Grade Instruments and Use class, participants will be able to: 1. Solve math problems and perform calculations required in construction layout; 2. Explain the proper steps to set up a level; 3. Record field notes; 4. Properly read a rod; and 5. Explain the different types of surveys.

Who Should Take this Class:  This class is designed for professionals who need to sharpen basic surveying skills related to determining elevations and establishing grade.  Transportation professionals involved in roadway construction, roadway maintenance, installation and maintenance of drainage features. 

Various federal programs support tribal governments in times of natural disaster. Funds to restore travel, minimize damage and protect the remaining facilities are available for emergency and permanent repairs to roads and highways. This online class will review options related to submitting, adopting, implementing and funding relief projects. A variety of federal resources will be reviewed including the FHWA’s Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) program and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) tribal resources including Emergency Preparedness grants. The class will address damage assessment, damage survey report checklists and field measurements. 

 

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completion of the class, participants will be able to: 1. Identify disaster relief programs and their authorization 2. Identify Emergency Relief, Emergency Relief Federally Owned program intent, funding sources, and key policies. 3. Describe disaster assessment and approval 4. Learn assessment and approval responsibilities. 5. Learn emergency repair definition and timeline. 6. Explain permanent repairs and approvals. 7. Describe steps of the EFRO program administration process. 8. Understand which of your agency’s transportation facilities will be approved for funding. 9. Use eligibility statements to discuss if damage is eligible. 10. Explain how to safely collect field data. 11. Complete an acceptable damage survey report. 12. Prepare for closeout. 

 

Who Should Take This Class: 

This class is intended for area engineers, maintenance leaders, contract specialists and administrators, maintenance supervisors/leaders, those who work in emergency repair projects, and those wanting to learn more about the emergency relief program.  

Meeting the environmental requirements to begin a transportation project demands a knowledge of the needed permits and processes. Individuals responsible for meeting these tasks prior to the construction must have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to document the process and needed permits so projects can meet letting and schedules. In this self-paced 2-hour online class students will gain knowledge of the environmental permits in relation to the NEPA process needed to begin a project and bring it to construction. Students will also become familiar with the language and necessary elements to produce quality environmental documents for a successful outcome. 

Learning Outcomes: After successful completion of Environmental Permits, Certificates, and Licenses, students should be able to; 1. Identify the various permits and certifications in the environmental process; 2. Demonstrate when to apply for the various permits in relation to transportation projects; 3. Identify the process used to fill out necessary documents; and 4. Define the necessary steps to ensure successful documentation.

Who Should Take This Class:  This class is intended for project managers and developers.  This class is introductory, so it will also help prepare an individual who wants to enter the management field.

Projects involving federal funding or those which could have an impact on the environment are required to meet federal environmental laws and regulations. Individuals appointed by the tribe to ensure environmental requirements are met must know the process for meeting those requirements. Managers responsible for meeting environmental requirements need to possess the knowledge and skills to maintain the integrity of developing the project to meet those requirements throughout the planning and delivery phase. In this self-paced 2-hour online class students will gain knowledge of the environmental requirements needed to begin a project and bring it to construction. Students will also become familiar with sections of the environmental process including those required by the federal Highway Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Learning Outcomes: After successful completion of Environmental Requirements for Transportation Projects, students should be able to; 1. Understand the basic elements of the NEPA process in relation to transportation projects; 2. Identify and gain an understanding of the documents needed for approval to begin transportation projects; 3. Define project management in terms of the NEPA process; 4. Relate the use of critical documentation to planning projects; 5. Identify best practices from other DOT’s; and 6. Summarize the environmental process from planning to construction.

Who Should Take This Class:   This class is intended for project managers, engineers, and any career that will oversee a project that requires compliance with federal/state/local environmental policy.

Highway and road construction can be an expensive and time-consuming process. Rarely does a project begin and end without some issue arising that can change the scope or cost of a project. Often, these changes to the project can be costly and turn a relatively inexpensive project into a major financial problem. When changes do take place in a project, it is important tribal groups examine ways and methods to keep the project from going overbudget. Through the use of Force Accounts, tribes can help reduce costs and complete projects more quickly. In this self-paced 2-hour online class students will have a better understanding of how to use Force Accounts on projects, controlling project costs, and how to deal with issues in a financially responsible way.

Learning Outcomes: After successful completion of Force Accounts, students should be able to; 1. Understand the importance of controlling project costs; 2. How Force Accounts are utilized in project construction; 3. How to handle changes during the construction phase that will impact the budget; 4. Identify ways of reducing the use of Force Accounts during construction; 5. How to successfully use Tribal Force Account Crews to reduce costs on maintenance and construction projects; and 6. Identify when to use change orders vs. force accounts.

Who Should Take This Class:  This class is intended for area engineers, maintenance leaders, project inspectors, project record keepers and those wanting to learn more about force accounts.

Foundation for Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – Google Earth is a self-paced 2-hour online class designed to provide Tribal agencies with practical and effective ways to implement low cost GIS solutions into their day-to-day activities.  You cannot manage what you cannot measure – how to develop a basic map of your road inventory.  Topics discussed include: a brief history of the use and rapid development of GIS, the current availability of low cost, full featured GIS software platforms and the current availability of data and data types.  Attendees will learn how to utilize Google Earth along with other tools necessary to develop a basic map of their roadway assets.

Learning Outcomes: After completing this class, participants should be able to: 1. Describe the rapid advancement of GIS and its availability.  2. Demonstrate how to download available GIS software. 3. Demonstrate how to find, download and load data. 4.Demonstrate how to export data to Google Earth and 5. Understand the importance of having an updated inventory in which you control and understand.

Who should take this class:  This class was developed for managers and workers alike.  Previous experience with GIS is not required.  Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will learn how to acquire, manage and illustrate data.  Attendees will gain insight into modern data sources and software for the development of a digital inventory.

Getting your project off the ground can sometimes be challenging when there are so many details involved.  In this 2-hour self-paced class students will learn the appropriate steps to take when starting a project.  We will review the basics of project management and how planning, organizing, controlling, and measuring a project is key to success.  Students will learn the project life cycle and how each phase of a project leads to the next. Learners will gain an understanding of the role of a project manager and how their leadership has a large impact on team and project success.

 Learning Outcomes:

 After successful completion of Getting Your Project Started students should be able to; 1. Construct a project roadmap; 2. Describe key elements of project management; 3. Define the project cycle; 4. Define and initiate a planning process; 5. Identify the role of the project manager; 6. Summarize the communication process and its critical role in project success; and 7. Select a project team and identify their roles.

Who Should Take This Class:

 This class is intended for project managers, construction administrators, or anyone wanting to learn the step by phases of getting a project started.

Improving Safety at Intersections is a 2-hour self-paced class.  Intersection crashes can be significantly reduced in Tribal lands by the application of proven safety measures for rural and urban intersections.   This class presents examples of intersection safety countermeasures for design, operations, and low-cost safety improvements.   Examples are presented along with their specific safety benefits in the form of crash reduction factors.  Topics covered include: seven characteristics of a safe intersection, different types of intersections used to manage traffic, common geometric problems that could be a safety risk and how to fix them, how to use signage for intersections, and how to maintain sight triangles. 

 Learning Outcomes:

 After completing ISI, participants should be able to: 1. Describe the cost in lives for crashes at intersections. 2. Identify seven characteristics that make an intersection safe. 3. Describe the types of traffic control used to manage different volumes of vehicles through intersections. 4. Understand the features that describe the geometry of an intersection and how they influence motorists. 5. Identify common geometric problems that could create a safety risk and how to fix them. 6. Understand how to use signs correctly to improve safety at intersections. 7. List different types of countermeasures to improve intersection safety and how to how to implement them. 8. Describe the importance of sight triangles and how to calculate them.

Who should take this class:

This class was developed to provide safety training to managers and workers alike.  Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will learn how to reduce the potential dangers for the public at intersections.  Attendees will gain the knowledge of how to make intersections safer, reducing injuries and fatalities.

 

Students will become familiar with temporary erosion and sediment control devices and basic procedures for proper installation. The proper purpose and function of each device, including the required material, maintenance and typical problems, will be reviewed. Students will gain a general understanding of storm water pollution problems and the components of a storm water pollution prevention plan.  

Upon successful completion of the class, students will be able to: 1. Explain storm water pollution; 2. Define Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SW3P) and the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs); 3. List types of erosion and sediment control devices; 4. Identify proper installation practices of both erosion and sediment control applications; 5. Select the appropriate BMP for various sediment and erosion control challenges; 6. Perform routine inspections of installed BMP’s; and 7. Apply appropriate corrective measures to maintain BMPs. 

This two hour asynchronous online class is comprised of four 15 minute video lectures and four quizzes.

At a fundamental level, asset management involves understanding the state of agency assets, the level of performance expected of those assets, and the relationship between performance and the funding needed to operate and maintain the assets. A solid understanding of these relationships helps agencies determine the best strategy for investing in their asset network. The training starts with a discussion on the benefits of an asset management plan and wraps up identifying common elements of an asset management plan.  A properly developed Transportation Asset and Data Management Plan (TADMP) provides Tribal leaders with a tool for making infrastructure investments and sound resource utilization decisions.  This self-paced 2-hour online class introduces asset and data management guiding principles and key components of a transportation asset management plan.  

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the class, participants will be able to: 1. Define asset and data management; 2. Define the benefits of an asset management program/plan; 3. List he typical contents of an asset and data management plan; 4. Identify the strategic components of an asset and management plan; and 5. Identify key sources of information that contribute to the development of a Tribal Transportation Asset and Management Plan.

Who should take this class:  This class was developed for managers and workers alike.  Previous experience with asset and data management is not required.  Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will learn techniques critical to the success of a Tribe’s transportation asset and management program. 

 

 

Introduction to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) is a 2-hour self-paced class designed to provide Tribal agencies with an understanding of how GPS has developed into the robust system that it is today.  How we navigated before GPS, the current state of today’s GPS and how agencies may utilize existing systems will be discussed.  Whether they currently use GPS or not, attendees will leave with a deeper understanding Geographic Information Systems.

 Learning Outcomes:

 After completing this class, participants should be able to: 1. Explain why we use GPS. 2. Describe the methods used for navigation before GPS. 3. Demonstrate how disaster has lead innovation. 4. Review the rapid advancement of GPS and its availability.  5. Review current GPS/GNSS Systems and how they work.

Who should take this class:

 This class was developed for managers and workers alike.  Previous experience with GPS units is not required.  Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will learn the background, structure and availability of today’s GPS Systems. 

Project inspectors play a critical role in ensuring contractors meet all elements and requirements of the construction plans. They are the “eyes and ears” ensuring the procedures and requirements of the plans are followed and are important stewards of resources involved in project construction.  A good project inspector is one who not only understands the desired outcomes and processes involved to successfully complete a project but is able to work with the contractor to help steer them toward solutions to potential problems.  In this self-p[ace 2 hour class students will gain knowledge of the construction inspection process and the elements needed to be a good inspector.

Learning Outcomes: 

After successful completion of Introduction to Highway Construction Inspection, students should be able to; 1. Explain the importance and need for good project inspection; 2. Identify the elements of a transportation project; 3. Identify the role of project inspection in the QA/QC process; 4. Define the requirements of the highway inspection process; 5. Identify and be able to implement the official duties of a project inspector; and 6. Utilize the needed documents and tools in the inspection process.

Who Should Take This Class:

This class is intended for project managers, construction and maintenance inspectors, area engineers, record keepers, and anyone involved or interested in wanting to learn more about the highway construction inspection.

Low Cost Safety Improvements (LCSI) - Self-Paced is a two hour asynchronous online training session comprised of four 15 minute video lectures and four quizzes.

LCSI is designed to provide tribal agencies with practical and effective ways to implement low cost safety solutions to reduce collisions, injuries, and fatalities. Students will learn how to ‘read the road’ and identify roadway safety issues. A review of practical and low-cost countermeasures to improve safety, both on existing roads and during road construction, will be provided.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing LCSI, participants should be able to:
1. Explain the need for making roads safer.
2. Separate safety myths from reality.
3. Demonstrate how to “read the road,” and identify roadway safety issues.
4. Describe practical and low-cost countermeasures to improve safety, both on existing roads and during roadway construction projects.
5. List existing resources to address potential safety issues and concerns as they arise.

Agenda:

• Introduction to Low Cost Safety
• The Need for Road Safety with a Focus on Tribal Crash Data
• Road Safety- Myth vs. Reality
• Reading the Road- How You Can Help Improve Safety in Your Community
• Making Roads Safer – Low Cost Countermeasures and Case Studies

Who should take this course:

This class has been developed to provide safety training to managers and workers alike. Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will learn how to reduce the potential dangers for the public on the road. Students will gain knowledge of how to incorporate a safety focus into daily activities, and how important their work is to reducing injuries and fatalities.

This two hour asynchronous online Pipe Installation and Maintenance (PIM) class is comprised of four 15 minute video lectures and four quizzes.

As budgets for drainage structure replacements are decreased, the importance of proper culvert installation and maintenance increases. Any organization capable of properly installing and maintaining storm drainage pipe provides a valuable service to the citizens they support. The proper installation and maintenance practices of storm drainage pipe will be reviewed. Students will review current industry standards for both flexible and rigid pipe options and learn effective practices that prevent damaging culverts during installation.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing Pipe Installation and Maintenance, students should be able to:
1. Identify flexible and rigid storm drainage pipe options;
2. Define the importance/benefits of proper pipe installation and maintenance practices;
3. Properly install and maintain both flexible and rigid pipe;
4. Describe common culvert installation and maintenance practices;
5. Define basic trench and embankment terminology;
6. Illustrate proper and safe excavation techniques;
7. Explain the importance of proper bedding;
8. Describe proper maintenance techniques.

Agenda:

• Pipe and Culvert Basics
• Trench Fundamentals
• Installation Procedures
• Culvert Maintenance

Who will benefit from the training?

Members of a roadway/bridge crew, culvert installers, inspectors, engineers, and maintenance teams responsible for installation and/or maintenance of culverts or piping systems should attend this training.

Procurement 101 (P101) - Self-Paced is a two hour asynchronous online training session that is comprised of four 15 minute video lectures and four quizzes.

Procurement standards and requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be detailed as well as a demonstration of the steps necessary to obtain a DUNS# and a SAMs profile. Students will become familiar with the five procurement levels and standards as illustrated in the “CLAW”. Students will also gain understanding of the guidelines set forth in the 2 C.F.R. Cost Principles and Super Circular handout.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing Procurement 101, participants should be able to:
1. Understand the consequences of not following state, local and tribal governments procurement standards.
2. Be familiar with the 5 procurement levels and standards as illustrated in the “CLAW”.
3. Recognize the importance of awareness to guidelines as set forth in the 2 CFR Cost Principles and Super circular handout.
4. Identify the steps necessary to obtain a DUNS# and create a SAMSs profile.

Agenda:

• The “Birds” and the FBI
• The Bear “CLAW” of procurement standards
• The “Bees” of procurement requirements

Who Should Take This Class:

This class is intended for tribal leaders, financial officers, project managers and anyone involved with administration and procurement for tribal transportation projects who want to learn more about the importance of procurement requirements for federal funding.

Successfully completing a project involves not only meeting the requirements of the contract and plans, it includes completion of the needed process to receive reimbursements. Individuals responsible for closing a project hold an important responsibility in ensuring the correct procedures and followed. Bad planning or not adhering the needed procedures can cause unnecessary delays for the project contractor or agency.  In this self-paced 2-hour online class students will gain knowledge of the project closeout and completion standards.  Students will also become aware of the necessary documentation for a successful project closeout and completion.

Learning Outcomes: After successful completion of Project Closeout and Completion, students should be able to;    1. Describe project closeout; 2. Explain the closeout process; 3. Describe common problems in closing projects;  4. Identify needed documentation; and 5. Share best practices.

Who Should Take This Class:  This class is intended for project managers, construction and maintenance inspectors, area engineers, record keepers, and anyone involved or interested in wanting to learn more about the project closeout process.

Excessive construction periods due to project inefficiencies can frustrate drivers and can extend the possibility of additional hazards driving through work zones. Two of the primary constraints of a project are the schedule and the cost. The focus of this self-paced 2-hour online class will help participants gain information about the importance of project management. Participants will learn techniques to set plan schedules and budgets with key stakeholders.  Learners will understand the importance of monitoring and controlling the project performance and why it is imperative to provide continual schedule and budget updates.

Learning Outcomes: After successful completion Project Management students should be able to; 1. Understand the role of project management; 2. Explain planning techniques and skills; 3. Describe the role of leadership and effective communication; 4. Identify key activities in project planning; 5. Understand project managers use to schedule projects; 6. Become familiar with various project planning tools; 7. Introduce key project control activities; 8. Explore using project planning products in the project control phase; and 9. Methods for maintain project documentation.

Who Should Take This Class: This class is intended for project managers, project inspectors, record keepers, and anyone wanting to learn more about how to manage a project’s cost and schedule

Project Prioritization strengthens the Tribes ability to strategically plan and address tribal transportation needs.  In this 2-hour self-paced class, students will receive guidance on the basic steps of Project Prioritization and practical application of techniques for performing tasks.  The formal prioritizing of transportation projects heightens opportunities for funding and partnership.   

 Learning Outcomes:

 After successfully completing Project Prioritization, students should be able to: 1. Identify projects and develop project criteria and evaluation measures.  2.  Report findings and seek public input for consensus.  3.  Finalize prioritized projects and insert them into the Tribal Priority List, the Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan, or both.

 Who Should Take This Class:

 This class is intended for Tribal Leaders, Tribal Planners and anyone involved with Tribal Transportation projects that want to learn more about the importance of how prioritizing projects strengthens the Tribe’s ability to strategically plan and address tribal transportation needs. 

Public Health and Transportation in Indian Country provides a multi-pronged approach to reducing motor vehicle injuries for not only children but for all members of the family.   This self-paced 2-hour online class introduces best practices for developing a strategy for preventing motor vehicle injuries through public awareness, data collection, data analysis, and proper analysis of the cause of motor vehicle injuries. Students will gain practical knowledge about these issues as well as learning best practices for marketing them to the community.  

Learning Outcomes: After completing Public Health and Transportation in Indian Country, participants should be able to: 1. Identify the leading cause of injury in AI/AN populations; 2. Define public health; 3. Explain the public health approach; 4. List the 4 Es of Safety; 5. Explain public health’s role in transportation; 6. List the benefits of utilizing the public health approach in transportation; and 7. Identify transportation and public health resources. 

Who Should Take This Class This class is intended for public safety personnel, emergency responders, health care providers, child care providers, social workers, child passenger safety technicians, transportation personnel, transportation planners, and for anyone interested in motor vehicle injury prevention.  Also, this class would be useful for anyone receiving funding to support a child passenger safety and occupant protection program.

This self-paced 2-hour online class provides a basic overview to the legal requirements of Public Involvement in the Tribal Transportation process. Students will begin with details of Public Involvement methods and techniques.  Discovering the necessity of public involvement will entail a fun hands-on activity that highlights the importance of communication.  Overcoming challenges of engaging low-income communities and possibly community members with physical limitations will be open for classroom discussion.

Learning Outcomes: After successfully completing Public Involvement, participants should be able to: 1. Explain the law that gives the public the opportunity to comment and provide input to Tribal transportation projects. 2. Communicate Public Involvement phases from the planning phase and throughout the life of the project.  3.  Appreciate the level of public involvement and how we commensurate with the scope and intensity of the project.

Who Should Take This Class: This class is intended for Tribal Leaders, Financial Officers, Project Managers, Tribal Contractors/Consultants and anyone involved with Tribal Transportation projects that want to learn more about the importance of public involvement requirements for federal funding.

A comprehensive and established Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) Program is essential to a successful outcome. A good QA/QC program begins in the early phases of the project from pre-planning to delivery of the final product. While construction inspectors are viewed as the key to a good construction project, all personnel involved in the all phases of the project are expected to provide quality work.  In self-paced 2-hour online class students will gain knowledge of the Quality Assurance/Quality Control Program in a manner that can be applied to all phases from the environmental process to actual construction.

Learning Outcomes: After successful completion of Quality Assurance and Quality Control, students should be able to; 1. Understand the need for a good Quality Assurance program; 2. Identify the difference between the agency’s responsibility and the contractor’s responsibility in the QA process;         3. Identify and be able to implement the three major components of the QA process; 4. Define the six core functions of the QA Program; 5. Understand the Dispute Resolution Process; and 6. Define and understand the necessary steps of a good contractor Quality Control Plan in order to assist in a quality product.

Who Should Take This Class: This class is intended for area engineers, maintenance leaders, inspectors, installers, and maintenance and construction supervisors/leaders, who operate in the transportation arena, and those wanting to learn more about quality assurance/quality control practices. 

Road Safety Audits (RSA) is a 2 Hour self-paced online class. Participants in this class will learn how to improve transportation safety by applying a proactive approach to reduce collisions and their severity in Tribal lands. These techniques provide an examination of a roadway by an independent, qualified audit team. The RSA is a way for an agency to improve roadway safety, reduce injuries and fatalities, and to communicate to the public how they are working toward these goals. This course includes topics such as: RSA definition and history, how to conduct a RSA, and identifying the common safety issues found with RSA’s.  Participants will leave the workshop with a working knowledge on how to perform a road safety audit.

 Learning Outcomes:

 After completing Road Safety Audits, participants should be able to: 1. Define why we need Road Safety Audits 2. Describe the process for completing a Road Safety Audit 3. Describe Risk and Safety 4. Recognize common issues found while conducting RSA’s 5. Demonstrate how to perform a RSA through examples.

 Who should take this class:

 This class was developed to provide road safety audit training to managers and workers alike.  Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will learn how to perform a road safety audit.  Attendees will gain knowledge of a process on how to take a proactive approach to roadway safety, reducing injuries and fatalities on their roads.

Roundabouts are a proven safety solution for reducing the frequency and severity of intersection crashes and are seeing increasing use in Tribal lands.  This self-paced 2-hour online course presents an introduction to the basics of roundabout geometry, the safety and other benefits of roundabouts, how to overcome opposition, and basic design elements of roundabouts.  Participants will leave with a working knowledge of how roundabouts operate and why they are beneficial.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of Roundabouts, participants should be able to: 1. Understand the features of a roundabout. 2. Understand the operational rules of roundabouts that make them more efficient than cross intersections. 3. Describe the safety benefits of roundabouts and why they work. 4. Understand characteristics of an intersection that indicate whether or not a roundabout would be a good solution. 5. Understand common arguments used to oppose roundabouts 6. Identify crash reduction from installations. 7. Describe how to set up temporary traffic control for roundabouts.

Who should take this course:  This class has been developed to provide information on roundabouts to managers and workers alike.  Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will learn how roundabouts work and the potential safety benefits associated with their use.

This self-paced 2-hour online course assists tribal agencies in the development of a safety plan as well as improvement of existing safety plans. Indian Country Transportation Systems are managed by many Tribal, Federal, State and Local Agencies involved in providing a Safe and Efficient Transportation System to keep up with tribal growth and development.  This class will explore the resources provided by the Federal Highway Administration/ Lands to assist each of the tribal areas in the development of these plans, as well as exploring the data files provided by the National Transportation Highway Safety Administration for tribal lands. 

Learning Outcomes: After completing Safety Plan Development, participants should be able to: 1. Understand the importance of developing a Transportation Safety Plan; 2. Explain the four E’s of Safety; 3. Describe how to develop a data and evidence-driven decision-making process; and 4. Identify the data and partnerships needed in the development of Safety Plans.

Who should take this class: This training is designed for Tribal transportation designers and planners.  Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will gain knowledge on a proactive approach to roadway safety, reducing injuries and fatalities on their roads.

The Single Audit 2-hour self-paced class provides direction on how to best prepare for an Audit and when Single Audits are required for Tribal transportation projects.  

Learning Outcomes:

 After successfully completing Single Audit, participants should be able to: 1. Understand how to prepare for a successful Tribal transportation project Single Audit.  2.  Use the “SMART” Corrective Action Plan guideline to successfully resolve any Single Audit findings.  3.  Know where to find resources to assist with successful Single Audit requirements. 

 Who Should Take This Class:

 This class is intended for Tribal Leaders, Financial Officers, Project Managers and anyone involved with administration of Tribal Transportation projects that want to learn more about the importance of audit requirements for federal funding. 

For years, governments have allowed public utilities to utilize the right-of-way of streets and highway. Coordinating with these public utilities prior to the construction or reconstruction of a highway or road is critical for a successful project. Utility issues are one of the main reasons for delays and scheduling issues of highway projects. Planners and designers must know the proper procedures for coordinating with utilities during the design phase of a project. In this 2-hour self-paced class students will gain knowledge about working with utilities during the design phase of a project, strategies in successful utility coordination to avoid delays, and safety concerns during utility relocation.

 Learning Outcomes:

After successful completion of Utility Coordination, students should be able to; 1. Explain the role of working with utilities in the different phases of project development; 2. Identify the federal regulations pertaining to utilities; 3. Explain good communication methods in working with utility companies; 4. Describe the role of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and environmental concerns during design and reconstruction projects; and 5. Describe planning utilities for safe reconstruction projects.

Who Should Take This Class:

 This class is intended for project managers, utility coordinators, right-of-way administrators, project inspectors, or anyone wanting to learn more about utility coordination.

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