Tribal RoadStar Program

The Tribal RoadStar Program consists of 18 different one- or two-day workshops that are offered through the Southern Plains TTAP Center. To become a Tribal RoadStar, you must attend and complete at least 10 different classes of the 18 designated workshops.

Most of the training sessions will be held at the Southern Plains TTAP Center in the Center for Local Government Technology in Stillwater, OK.

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, participants will receive a plaque designating them as a Tribal RoadStar.

Classes taken prior to March 1, 2013 will not be eligible credit towards the certificate, as many of the courses have been changed or updated.)

Congratulations to the 2016 Tribal RoadStar Program graduates!

COURSE 1 - Leadership Skills for Supervisors & Managers- Whether you are new to supervising, or have been a supervisor for many years, this course is designed to help supervisors develop a set of foundational skills that will make them more effective leaders in a supervisory role. Topics will include leadership attitude, communication, performance feedback, and time management.

COURSE 2-  Basic Accounting - This course covers basic accounting language, balance sheets and income statements, the accounting equation, accrual accounting, account classification, and other accounting principles and operations. Offering an overview of accounting, the class is designed to provide non-accounting professionals a guide for better financial management.

COURSE 3 - Asset Management - This one-day session is intended for tribal and local government employees responsible for managing transportation infrastructure.  It will cover the core principles of asset management and introduce the basic steps to implementing a transportation asset management program.

COURSE 4 - RIFDS (Road Inventory Field Data Systems)- This system manages the Road Inventory Data needed for the distribution of transportation funds to all tribes. The purpose of this workshop is two-fold: to provide the required training needed to obtain access to RIFDS, and to familiarize existing RIFDS users on RIFDS enhancements.

COURSE 5Grant Writing Basics In these times of tight budgets and competitive funding, the skills associated with good grant writing become even more vital for an organization. Grant Writing Basics will help agencies make the most of their grant writing skills in this half-day session. Oklahoma State University Proposal Development Specialist Nani Pybus, Ph. D, will offer information and tips on the basics of grant writing including the following: how to find funding sources, how to develop a funding proposal, and how to get the proposal funded. SPTTAP Program Specialist Amy M. Echo-Hawk (Yakama/Pawnee) will offer strategic grant writing tactics tribal employees can use to create evaluation, reporting and grant seeking systems that are easier to manage.

COURSE 6- Construction Management & Cost Estimating- This course will offer guidance on overall construction management, quantity take off, cost estimates, historical data, materials/labor, and more. The 2-day overview will conclude with a practical application exercise in a case study. Instructor is Heather Yates, Ed. D, Associate Professor and Program Director, Construction Management Technology, Oklahoma State University.

COURSE 7 - Tribal Safety Management Sytems Tribal Transportation Safety Plans are a component of a Tribal Safety Management System (SMS). The SMS is the tool used to identify and plan to address transportation risk factors that have a potential of leading to serious injury or death. Safety Planning helps tribes organize the efforts of a variety of entities to more effectively reduce risk. The SMS can cover multiple transportation modes (roads, maritime, trails, air travel, and others) and may lead to implementation of a project or program, renewed efforts in an existing program, or further study of a roadway section.

COURSE 8 - Tribal Transportation Planning- Tribal Transportation Planning is the process of developing strategies for operating, managing, maintaining, and financing the area's transportation system to achieve the community's long-term transportation goals and vision. The plan looks for ways to solve current transportation problems while anticipating and addressing issues likely to occur in the future. Tribal governments use this information to make well-informed decisions on how to spend available funding set aside for transportation projects.

COURSE 9 Leaders in Gear - This presentation is built around the content in Rhett Laubach's leadership book, Leaders in Gear. It breaks down three key elements necessary to get your leadership in gear: focus on something bigger than yourself, cultivate meaningful relationships, and activate a core leadership project. The course covers three main sections: personal leadership, team leadership and presentation skills. LEARNING OBJECTIVES 1. Identify what it means to truly influence others. 2. Sharpen your focus on what "meaningful work" you are accomplishing and motivating from others. 3. Understand the impact of focusing on others daily. 4. Leave a greater legacy for your organization.

COURSE 10 Erosion Control- This class will give an overview of the principles of erosion control. Recent erosion control techniques will be discussed along with current regulations and construction general permits. Low impact development and erosion control site examples will be other class components. Instructor is Jason R. Vogel, Ph.D., P.E, Assistant Professor & Stormwater Specialist, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Oklahoma State University.

COURSE 11 Enviromental Issues and NEPA- This one-day training will cover Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and important provisions of Section 4(f) of the US DOT Act.  In the morning session, FHWA will provide a background discussion of the key laws and regulations regarding historic resources and NEPA.  In the afternoon session, ODOT will discuss the specific environmental and cultural procedures and requirements followed by the state.

COURSE 12 OSHA 10-Hour Training- This revolutionary program for owners, safety managers, supervisors, and workers is focused directly on the hazards and situations that roadway construction workers face every day.  From work zones to night work, this training sets the standard for the entire industry.

COURSE 13 Leadership Principles for Difficult Conversations- Difficult conversations are just about as fun as a root canal, but they are many times easier than the pain of not getting the root canal. Effective leaders make difficult conversations happen because they are necessary for growth, excellence and the long-term health of an organization or team.  This session will help you learn the successful strategies leaders use to manage difficult conversations.

COURSE 14 - ArcGIS I: Making Data Useful-  In this 6–hour workshop, participants will download data and convert it to make it usable in ArcGIS. The class will look at file organization and building a geodatabase in ArcCatalog. This session is ideal for those who are new to GIS and want to learn and practice.

COURSE 15 - ArcGIS II: Creating a Base Map-  In this one-day workshop, students will use the GeoDatabase created in Workshop 1 to create a base map. Students will explore Symbology and labeling techniques. A simple map layout will be produced at the end of the workshop. Attendance of Workshop 1 is not required but strongly encouraged.

COURSE 16 -  ArcGIS Editing Basics-  This workshop is dedicated to editing prints, lines, and polygons in ArcMap. The activities will introduce you to some tools you know and some tools you don't, and show how they can be used for different mapping purposes. This class also covers editing attribute tables and shortcuts. As part of editing attribute tables, attendees will learn how to create Domains within a geodatabase. Whether you need to edit geometry or data, the goal of this workshop is to help you save time and make the editing process easier. (Attendance of Workshop 1 is not required but strongly encouraged.)

COURSE 17 - ArcGIS: Map Making in ArcMap-  In this workshop, students will review various techniques of displaying data in ArcMap, while practicing creating map layouts. (Attendance of Workshop 1 is not required but strongly encouraged.)

COURSE 18 - Tribal Safety Peer Exchange The objective of the Tribal Safety Peer Exchange is to provide tribal communities with trending evidenced base strategies that focus on behavioral safety for transportation, transit, safety and injury prevention programs. A peer exchange provides an opportunity for tribal, local, state and federal programs to network and develop partnerships. The idea is to share practical and effective tools used for behavioral safety, while also learning a new skill or safety practice. During the tribal safety peer exchange, the following behavioral safety topics will be discussed: Pedestrian safety, Child Passenger Safety, and Distracted Driving. During each topic session, students will be able to participate either in a leadership activity, skill activity, or educational activity. Topics covered include the following: * State Laws * Best Practices * Campaign Ideas * Trending Evidence Base Strategies * Safety Resources.

COURSE 19 - Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Planning This course is intended to equip participants with tools and knowledge to improve safety conditions for all road users in their communities, specifically pedestrians and bicyclists. Participants will walk through the beginning stages of planning their pedestrian and bike safety improvement project and come away with knowledge and skills to follow through with the plan they have begun.

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Congratulations to the latest Tribal RoadStars!
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Angela Blind, Rhonda Fair and Denea Burgess completed the Tribal RoadStars Program in 2016.
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