Buy It or Build It? Next-decade Technologies, Skills, Knowledge and Certification Presented by Danada McMurtry Director, Professional Development Mississippi Department of Transportation Challenges at MDOT Age of state employees is increasing Number of retirement eligible managers (currently 64% at MDOT) Attrition rate of state employees (50% of employees leave the state within 3 years) Challenges at MDOT High numbers of minorities in the workforce – By 2010, 1 in 3 Americans will be foreign born or 1st generation – 75% of women of childbearing age are in the workforce Increasingly advanced technical environment in the transportation industry Engineering Workforce Bureau of Labor Statistics & Engineering Workforce Commission studies indicate the number of civil engineers entering workforce is stable Increase is slow but steady Electrical engineering field is growing more rapidly So, how do we ensure that we have the knowledge & skills we need to do business in the future? We… Buy It or Build It Buying It? Cost associated with finding the right employees Ability to compete with private sector salaries Attracting employees – Women & minorities make up a large portion of our workforce Our Focus…Building It Leadership bench strength – LEAD Program Technical expertise – House Bill 998 – Tech prep revision task force – Partnerships Early interest in transportation careers – RIDES Program – TRAC Program – Tech Prep Task Force LEAD Program Mission Statement To provide a continuous pool of potential leaders prepared to face the leadership challenges of today and tomorrow by assessing participants’ leadership competencies and providing training that enhances and develops these competencies LEAD Program Around 90 participants 18 month program Training Individual assignments Mentoring component House Bill 998 Civil Engineering Undergraduate and Graduate Students PIN’s while in school Summer work experience Employment after graduation Tech Prep Revision Task Force Current program not meeting students’ needs Funding difficulties Desire to model the Tech Prep Program after TRAC Meets needs of students, educators, and tomorrow’s workforce Program Roadways Into Developing Elementary Students (RIDES) Outreach Program Interactive Informative Transploreum Nation’s first Transportation Exploration Museum! Partnership between Tupelo School District, FHWA, and MDOT Transploreum Fun with Friends (& a purpose) Program Transportation & Civil Engineers Career Discovery (TRAC) 7th grade public schools program Professional Partnerships Partnerships with the National Society for Professional Engineers (NSPE) and the American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians (ASCET) Provides quality continuing education seminars Allows MDOT an opportunity to shine! Professional Certifications Professional certifications are key in building knowledge & skills within our organizations National Institute of Certified Engineering Technicians (NICET) Buy It Or Build It? You Decide! Thank you for your time and attention! For additional information, visit our website at www.gomdot.com.