New Tribal Transportation Training and Technical Assistance Coming Soon

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Center for Local-Aid Support recently established a national Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) as a one-stop transportation resource for tribal communities across the country. Set to launch in March, the TTAP Center provides comprehensive transportation training and technical assistance to tribal communities, building skills and expertise to ensure the safety and maintenance of tribal roads.

With administrative headquarters located at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, the program has established five Virtual Centers of Excellence (VCoE), each focused on one of five critical transportation topic areas:

  • Project Delivery
  • Maintenance and Operations
  • Safety
  • Planning and Procurement
  • Asset and Data Management

Each VCoE consists of two Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) dedicated to responding to all inquiries and requests within their particular area of technical expertise, no matter where their home base. While there is no building or physical location, the virtual centers provide an immediate source for technical assistance and training expertise, establishing direct lines of communication between tribal transportation needs and SMEs with the capabilities to address those needs. SMEs will be visiting every BIA region, bringing focused in-classroom coursework so that participants can immediately apply this knowledge and skills in their workplace.

The TTAP Roads Scholar Certification Program offers advanced skills development, heavy equipment training, and hands-on field experience. With a facility located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, this program provides tribal transportation workers with the opportunity to build the skillset needed to operate safely and effectively in today’s transportation workplaces. The highly interactive training format also promotes construction topics such as plan reading, GPS setup and operations, and grade calculations to position participants for career advancement in the transportation construction industry. Participants who complete Level 1 and/or Level 2 requirements will receive safety and highway maintenance certification recognized at the national level.

Motor vehicle injury prevention is a vital part of safe tribal transportation environments. The TTAP Center’s Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Program employs experienced injury prevention specialists (IPS) to administer nationally recognized safety programs, including car seat checkpoints, Safe Native American Passengers (SNAP) training and Indian Health Service (IHS) Level 1 and 2 injury prevention. The TTAP Center’s injury prevention specialists bring these programs directly to tribal communities where participants receive hands-on car seat safety training and safe seat belt use. Several of these programs prepare participants to develop the skills needed to administer these initiatives within their own community.

Additional information about the Roads Scholar and Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention programs will be announced shortly.

Delivery of training and technical assistance through each VCoE will begin in March.