Tools for the Zombie Apocalypse: Avoiding the Brain Drain in Transportation Organizations

Information is coming in and knowledge is going out more rapidly than anticipated. Not only are we losing knowledge from long-time employees, but consultants and contractors have an equal amount of knowledge that could escape at any moment.

  • How can transportation agencies make sure that essential knowledge is retained?
  • How can they make sure that employees have access to the right information at the right time to be effective and contribute to the success of the organization?

On July 13th and August 8th, the TRB Task Force on Knowledge Managment hosted a two part Webinar, “Tools for the Zombie Apocalypse: Avoiding Brain Drain in Transportation Organizations. For a recording of both parts, as well as links to the presentations, visit

NTTD Annual Conference

Oct 7-11, 2018, in Chattanooga TN – Transforming Transportation Training

Registration is open!

Each year NTTD highlights innovative training policies, programs and technologies that serve the unique needs of the transportation community, bringing together DOT staff and trainers, LTAP personnel, and national training resource experts from federal, university and private sector organizations. Members of the transportation training community exchange ideas about training innovations and resources, develop collaborative relationships and networks, and learn from leading experts in the field.

Registration is open! This year NTTD has several new registration options, including an early registration discount ($375.00 before August 8th), and a discount if more than one person from your organization registers for the conference. As trainers and networkers, we know of the added value when more than one member of an organization attends meetings and can work together, during and after the conference. Register today! Our colleagues at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville are managing registration to keep it secure and efficient.

Conference location & accommodations:

Room Reservations are now open.

Chattanooga Downtown Marriott for 103.00 USD per night
Book your group rate for National Transportation Training Directors 2018

Discover Chattanooga.

Confirmed Presentations and Workshops for 2018 (Schedule & descriptions to be posted soon)

  • TDOT’s Reconnect Program: Advancing workers with no Post-secondary education experience (TDOT staff)
  • Cooperation Pays: LTAP & DOT Training Program models for cooperation and coordination (LTAP presenters from CT, KY, ND, and others)
  • Tech in the Classroom for Learner Engagement (Garrett Wheat LADOT)
  • Video Content Management for Training Support (TDOT)
  • Planning and Training for a Successful Future -Advancement & Leadership (Maxine Wheeler, ALDOT)
  • From Presenter to Trainer workshop (with the National Highway Institute)
  • Supporting Emerging Leaders: Refresh your approach to organizational leadership training (Christine Hetzel, VTAOT; Tony Loomer, ITD)
  • State Sharing – a state-by-state overview of new innovations & practices

For more information, please visit the registration page at 

Ninety-Eight Years Later: Empowerment in the 21st Century Workforce

On June 5, 1920, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau was established to promote the welfare of wage-earning women and to help advance opportunities for gainful employment. At the time, women represented just 21 percent of the workforce. Today, women comprise 47 percent of America’s workforce. Last month, the unemployment rate for adult women dropped to an 18-year low of 3.3 percent.

President Trump’s Administration is working to help all Americans access good, family-sustaining jobs. At the Women’s Bureau, we are focused on empowering women to thrive in all aspects of America’s dynamic economy.

Apprenticeships ‒ an earn-while-you-learn career pathway ‒ can help women enter careers in which they are historically underrepresented, such as construction, manufacturing, and STEM fields.

As the wife of a retired service member, another priority near to my heart is helping military spouses in the workplace. Nearly 80 percent of civilian military spouses move as a result of their spouse’s military service. Unfortunately, 40 percent of military spouses report that it took seven months or longer to find employment following a move.

Occupational licensing can create unnecessary barriers by restricting entry and re-entry into the workforce. The Department of Labor is encouraging states to evaluate and reduce unnecessary licensing burdens for individuals like military spouses who move across state lines with their service member. President Trump also recently signed an Executive Order that advances the Administration’s commonsense efforts to improve the portability of occupational licenses.

Finally, we are working to find the balance between families’ access to affordable, quality childcare and workforce participation. President Trump included a paid parental leave proposal in his Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 budget requests – the first time in history such a proposal was included in a budget request.

Ninety-eight years since our establishment, the Women’s Bureau remains committed to helping women thrive in the 21st century workforce.

Patricia Greene is the Director of the Women’s Bureau.

For the whole article, please visit the Department of Labor website.

Know a veteran looking for a job? Check out Career One Stop

Put your military skills to work! Visit Career OneStop  and share this link with resources to help with resume writing, interview prep, networking, finding jobs, and matching military skills to civilian careers. The site will show you local job openings in those areas.

If you already know the career field or occupation you want to search for—and don’t want to search based on your military experience—please visit the Job Finder.

Institute of Transportation Engineers and the National Network for the Transportation Workforce Enter Partnership Agreement

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the National Network for the Transportation Workforce (NNTW) are pleased to announce a collaborative working partnership to promote an increasingly skilled professional transportation and engineering workforce.  The partnership agreement will allow ITE and the NNTW to formally address a looming national labor shortage: nearly half of the current transportation workforce will be eligible to retire within the next ten years.

To prepare current and new employees to fill emerging job opportunities in transportation and engineering, ITE and NNTW will work toward a number of common goals:

  • Identify successful strategies to attract youth, veterans, women and underserved populations to career opportunities in transportation;
  • Use data-based methods to forecast future workforce needs and to develop effective strategies to meet those needs; and
  • Support educators at all levels as well as educator-industry collaborations to introduce and advance skills and training that will fill current and future workforce needs in transportation.

“ITE is pleased to be partnering with NNTW on this pivotal issue of workforce development. It is imperative that the transportation profession be forward-looking to be able to attract the diverse set of new and transitioning workers needed for the future transportation workforce,” said Jeffrey F. Paniati, ITE Executive Director and CEO.

In the near-term, the partners will begin with activities that include collaboration on national events and conferences, and the creation of joint education and industry outreach products.

ITE will also provide guidance and input to the National Transportation Career Pathways Initiative, led by the NNTW. The national career pathway program is the result of a $1.25 million Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) grant. Under the grant, the five regional centers that make up the NNTW will launch pilot career pathway demonstration programs focused on five strategic disciplines: planning, environment, operations, engineering, and safety. The goal behind the career pathway demonstrations is to engage post-secondary students to choose transportation career paths and to gain critical skills identified by industry and employers. ITE will participate on discipline advisory groups established by the workforce centers to garner industry insight to shape the development and implementation of career pathway demonstrations.

“The National Network is looking forward to working with ITE to identify the needs of the future workforce,” said Steve Albert, Director of the West Region Transportation Workforce Center; “we also want to provide clear and well-grounded pathways for meeting the needs we have right now.”

About ITE:

ITE is an international educational and scientific association of transportation professionals who are responsible for meeting mobility and safety needs. Founded in 1930, ITE is a community of transportation professionals, including transportation engineers, planners, consultants, educators and researchers. ITE promotes professional development of its members, supports and encourages education, stimulates research, develops public awareness programs and serves as a conduit for the exchange of professional information.  Learn more at:

About the NNTW:

The NNTW is consortium of five regional transportation workforce centers established by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to connect and empower the transportation workforce through research, education, and industry engagement. Each center serves as a resource to support, grow and maintain a skilled and career-ready transportation workforce in their respective regions, and the centers collaborate on the national level to provide for a more strategic and coherent approach to workforce development.  Learn more at: