Serving Native Nations in Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma
SPTTAP TRAINING AND EVENTS:
JUNE 21
Develop your team with 
Two New Tribal RoadStar Classes!


Up your game!
Leadership 101 coming 
Wednesday, June 21 to Stillwater 
 
Join us for this NEW Tribal RoadStar leadership mini-session and get fresh ideas for leading your team with excellence!
  • Expose and eliminate your excuses.
  • Keep your attention on results.
  • Keep the end in mind to achieve goals
Leadership 101 defines leadership, identifies a few traits every leader should develop, and shows the impact leadership can have on your life and the lives of those you lead.

This course is based on the book, Leadership 101, by John C. Maxwell and will be instructed by Lorinda Schrammel, OSU Human Resources.


Wednesday
9 am to Noon
 Register 
 
Location:
Center for Local Government Technology  5202 N. Richmond Hill Drive, Stillwater, OK 74078
 
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Get ready to write with purpose!

Effective Business Writing
Wednesday, June 21
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Better writing leads to better proposals, which leads to better funded projects! Let this course help take your career to the next level.
  • Discover a systematic approach to defining your audience and the writing process.
  • Review the basics of writing.
  • Find techniques to make your writing flow.
  • Learn about writing effective and professional reports, letters, memos, emails.
  • Review proofreading, editing, and layout techniques.
Instructors: Amy M. Echo-Hawk and Karla Sisco

Location:
Center for Local Government Technology 
5202 N. Richmond Hill Drive, Stillwater, OK 74078


Grant Seeking Suggestions: Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
Grant Seeking Suggestions:
Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
Let's Talk Grant Writing
Hear from Chris and Rhonda
from Pawnee Nation


In Spring 2017, Southern Plains TTAP visited the Pawnee Nation Reserve and met with Transportation Director Chris McCray and Assistant Director Rhonda James.

The Pawnee Nation has a strong record in grant seeking. Proposals written by McCray and James to support long-range plans of the tribe to re-connect neighborhoods separated by highways have been funded, including a 2016 BIA Tribal Transportation Safety Grant. 

When asked about the work behind their recent grant seeking success, the team shared tips and advice for others in the field in the video below.

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Defensive Driving Course coming 
Thursday, June 8 to Cherokee Nation 



Join us at the Cherokee Nation EMS Center in Tahlequah, OK on Thursday, June 8! Improve your driving skills and receive a potential discount on your car insurance. (Check with your agent for details and discounts.)

The National Safety Council's Defensive Driving Course strives to ensure that people get what they need to drive defensively--knowledge, skills and perspective that will help them continue to prevent injuries and save lives. This 6-hour course helps develop accident avoidance behavior and safe driving practices, which can significantly reduce the number of collisions and citations your drivers might experience.

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Eduardo Sukue, Leroy Garza, Anthony Salazar, Rene Tapia, Armando Garza, Steve Garza, and Monico Suke of the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas in Eagle Pass, TX

SPTTAP partners with Texas LTAP to bring Dozer Operator training to the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Southern Plains TTAP coordinated Dozer Operator training for the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas through a partnership with the Texas LTAP, May 15-18. 

"It was a great class!" said Rene Tapia, KTTT Safety Officer. "We actually saw huge improvement from day one to day four. The last day everyone was more comfortable and knowledgeable in how to operate the machine."

The four-day course is designed to provide entry level skills for the operators of dozers. Students are taught safety, pre-operational inspection, and preventive maintenance to include track adjustments. They also receive experience in slot dozing and excavating, ditch clean-outs, building and dressing a stockpile, backfilling and grading excavations, leveling and grading a site, and loading/unloading from a trailer.  

"Ashley Mathews and the team at Texas LTAP have been incredibly helpful in assisting us in providing training for the KTTT," stated Karla Sisco, SPTTAP Manager. "It's been an amazing partnership."
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OTTC announces the
Lyle Deere Memorial Scholarship
2017-18

The OTTC Scholarship Review Board invites all eligible students to apply for the Lyle Deere Memorial Scholarship. The recipient will receive $500 toward tuition costs for the 2017-18 academic year. 

At his passing in January of 2011, Lyle was employed as the Transportation Planner for the Osage Nation in Pawhuska, OK He previously worked for the Cherokee Nation and for 24 years with the U.S. Department of the Interior-Bureau of Indian Affairs. Lyle served as a longtime advocate for Tribal Transportation needs and funding.

Please share this announcement with anyone who may be interested.
 
 
Scholarship Guidelines

Scholarship Application


OTTC will have their next business meeting on August 10 at 10 am at Oklahoma DOT.
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Upcoming Safety Webinars
 
June 2017 - ITE Vision Zero Virtual Toolbox
Date: June 1, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Mountain/1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern

This Safety Center and ITE co-sponsored webinar will provide information on ITE's new Vision Zero Toolbox. The toolbox showcases best practices, analytical techniques, policy guidance, and communication and educational tools for Vision Zero (the goal of zero traffic fatalities among all road users) to make them easily accessible to practitioners. 

To register for this webinar, click   here. 

July 2017 - How to Address Roadway Safety Issues for ATVs and Other Off-Road Vehicles
Date: July 12, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Mountain/1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern
 
This webinar will provide an overview of the risk factors associated with deaths and injuries when riders take ATVs and Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs) on the road. These include youth as a particularly vulnerable riding population, and the higher risk of traumatic death when crashes occur on rural versus urban roads. It will also include a discussion about the challenges and potential strategies related to raising public and stakeholder awareness of this widespread roadway safety issue.  

To register for this webinar, click  here.
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SPTTAP Spring and Summer
Training Schedule
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Defensive Driving
Thursday, June 8
Cherokee Nation EMS
REGISTER 
The National Safety Council's Defensive Driving Course strives to ensure that people get what they need to drive defensively--knowledge, skills and perspective that will help them continue to prevent injuries and save lives. This 6-hour course helps develop accident avoidance behavior and safe driving practices, which can significantly reduce the number of collisions and citations your drivers might experience.

Leadership 101
Wednesday, June 21
9 am to 12 noon
REGISTER
Center for Local Gov't Tech - 5202 N. Richmond Hill Drive, Stillwater, OK
Leadership 101 defines leadership, identifies a few traits every leader should develop, and shows the impact leadership can have on your life and the lives of those you lead.

Effective Business Writing
Wednesday, June 21
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
REGISTER 
Center for Local Gov't Tech - 5202 N. Richmond Hill Drive, Stillwater, OK 
To help strengthen your writing skills by introducing basic principles of effective business communication so you can write and edit professional documents efficiently and effectively. Instructors:  Karla Sisco and Amy M. Echo-Hawk. 

Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30 
8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily
Prairie Band Potawatomi Roads Dept. 14880 K Road Mayetta, Ks
The first day will include a safety training overview on the motor grader, backhoe, skid steer, and excavator. The next four days will include hands-on training for the three pieces of equipment.

Accounting for Transportation
Tuesday, July 11
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Center for Local Gov't Tech - 5202 N. Richmond Hill Drive, Stillwater, OK  
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 of transportation departments.

SAVE THE DATES! More Information Coming Soon on these Safety Peer Exchanges!
Thurs, July 27, 2017, 9:00 am
Edmond, OK (location TBA)

Fri, July 28, 2017, 9:00 am
Edmond, OK (location TBA)

Other Training Classes are in the works. Please check the Southern Plains TTAP website for updated information!  ttap.okstate.edu
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Click it or Ticket, Day & Night
Buckle up this Memorial Day Weekend!
It's Life or Death - 

48 %

PERCENTAGE OF PASSENGER VEHICLE OCCUPANTS KILLED IN 2015 WHO WERE UNRESTRAINED

Seat belts save lives. They reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent and light-truck occupants by 60 percent.

Of the 35,092 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2015, 48 percent were not wearing seat belts.

In 2015 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 13,941 lives - and could have saved an additional 2,814 people if they had been wearing their seat belts.

In total, seat belts have saved 344,448 lives since 1975, when NHTSA first began recording this data. If everyone had been wearing a seat belt since, an additional 381,787 lives could have been saved.

During a vehicle crash, being buckled up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle, whereas being completely thrown out of a vehicle is almost always deadly.
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Southern Plains TTAP Center wishes you a Safe and Enjoyable 
Memorial Day Weekend!

To find out more about upcoming training or to schedule training for your Tribe, contact
Karla Sisco, Program Manager at
karla.sisco@okstate.edu.
Southern Plains TTAP Center | Oklahoma State University | 405-744-4764 | 

An Outreach and Extension of the  
College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
1723 W. Tyler Ave. (East Wing)
Stillwater, OK 74078 

                  karla.sisco@okstate.edu | ttap.okstate.edu
This material is based upon work supported by the U. S. Department of Transportation under Agreement No. DTFH61-12-H-00004.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Federal Highway Administration.