This report is a summary of the work that was completed for RFP No. HWY-306435-DT, for the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT). The project is entitled: Cooperative Training Program. The MDT, in conjunction with its partners in the contracting and consulting communities, wanted to investigate the feasibility of sharing training resources to promote mutual staff development and the wise use of resources. They envisioned the development and delivery of core courses of common interest in the areas of design, construction, and inspection of highway projects. The intent of the project planning group was to develop skills being lost through turnover in both the public and private sectors. Nichols Consulting Engineers, together with its partner in this project, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, worked with stakeholders within Montana and with subject matter experts across the country to respond to the tasks specified in the scope of work. These included: a) a review of the literature, identification of possible models, and a survey of state practices; b) a needs assessment of each of the three primary constituents; c) the creation of a database of available training resources; and d) the development of a business plan that included feasibility analysis, recommended organization structure, determination of resources needed to support the plan, development of an implementation plan, and identification of mechanisms for expansion. The deliverables for the project were provided in two stages. First provided were the results of the survey, several models for program approach, the results of the corporate-level needs assessment, and the database of training resources. Second, an array of possible business models were submitted. This report includes each of the elements mentioned above. Sample marketing and operating agreements from other organizations were provided to MDT.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Nichols Consulting Engineers, Chartered

    1885 South Arlington Avenue, Suite 111
    Reno, NV  United States  89509

    Montana Department of Transportation

    2701 Prospect Avenue
    P.O. Box 201001
    Helena, MT  United States  59620-1001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Lees, P L
  • Publication Date: 2002-12


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 47 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00962879
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/MT-02-014/8168,, Final Report
  • Contract Numbers: 8168
  • Created Date: Sep 17 2003 12:00AM