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Level III: Executive Development Program Course Listing

The Roads Scholar Level III Program enhances management and administrative skills for those who are, or aspire to be, a county highway administrator, county or city engineer, or public works director.

Recognition

Master Roads Scholar recognition is awarded to individuals who have either:

1) completed Levels I and II of the Roads Scholar Program and the courses listed above; or

2) have 5 years of experience in public works administration and have completed Level II and the courses listed above in the required 6-year time period. Level II and Level III may be taken simultaneously.

Courses:

Required Courses:

1. Fundamentals of Leadership

2. Budgeting and Finances

3. Overview of Human Resource Management

4. Effective Community and Media Communication

5. Project Planning and Management

6. Effective Management of Intergovernmental Relations

7. Legal, Permitting and Regulatory Processes

8. Asset Management and Cost Accounting

9. Local/State Project Coordination

10. Overview of Engineering Functions in Public Works

Elective Course: Select a course of your own and request approval from the Kansas Roads Scholar Program Review Committee.

Fundamentals of Leadership

  • Provide information on the following topics: leadership concepts, sources of influence, relationship building, ethics, mentoring, etc.
Instruction provided by KAC

County/City Finances and Budgeting

  • Provide information on the following topics: budget processes and preparation, revenue sources, fund accounting, issue bonding, State reporting, etc.

Instruction provided by KAC

Overview of Human Resource Management

  • Provide information on the following topics: developing job descriptions, labor law, classifications, personnel policies, performance appraisals, due process, when to get help, EAP, etc.
Instruction provided by KAC

Effective Community and Media Communication

  • Provide information on the following topics: pro-active communication, issues management, framing an accurate message, writing press released and fact sheets, managing public meetings, press interviews, etc.
Instruction provided by KAC

Project Planning and Management

  • Provide information on the following topics: identifying projects, setting priorities, funding, schedules/timing, steps in conception to completion, project management tools, contracting, etc.
Instruction provided by KS LTAP

Effective Management of Intergovernmental Relations

  • Provide information on the following topics: the Federal system, Kansas government, legislative processes, relevant Federal and State agencies, how to understand a statute, how to work with Kansas bureaucracy, partnership opportunities with other local governments, working with townships, etc.
Instruction provided by KAC

Legal, Permitting and Regulatory Processes

  • Understand the Clean Water Act and construction storm water permitting
  • Learn about permitting requirements for construction projects related to historic sites, national historic register and historic bridges.
  • Understand permitting required by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as they relate to public works
  • Learn the contents and application of Environmental Coordinating Act and associated requirements from Kansas Department of Agriculture
  • Understand permitting required by Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and U.S. Fish and Wildlife for public works-related activities.

Instruction provided by KS LTAP

Asset Management and Cost Accounting

  • Improve skills in developing project budgetary and tracking expenditures (labor, materials, equipment, services, capital)
  • Learn essential components to asset management systems and observe demos of a sampling management system used by counties and cities in Kansas.

Instruction provided by KS LTAP

Local/State Project Coordination Webinar (available online)

  • Provide an opportunity to share up-to-date information on Kansas road and bridge projects monitored by the Bureau of Local Projects. Topics may include: funding, agreements, traffic safety, bridge inspection, project development, right of way procedures, etc. 

Instruction provided by KS LTAP

Overview of Engineering Functions in Public Works

  • Review relevant statutes and discuss liability issues.
  • Consider procedures and penalties.
  • Hear the perspective of an insurance professional on matters related to risk and insurance.
  • Participate in scenarios and discussion on when an engineer is needed

Instruction provided by KS LTAP

Elective Courses

One elective course must be completed to receive a certificate. Participants should submit a copy of their attendance verification in order to receive credit.

Contact Kristin Kelly, KS LTAP – 785-864-2594 or kbkelly@ku.edu – to have your class approved for Kansas County Roads Scholar credit.


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