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TDOT Reconnect Program

TDOT Reconnect is an 18-month continuing education program for TDOT employees who have not completed a postsecondary education program. TDOT Reconnect is dedicated to encouraging TDOT employees to learn and develop transportation-related skills that will help provide career advancement opportunities and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or furthering their education. It is aligned with the statewide initiative, Tennessee Reconnect, which works to ensure adults have access to resources and supports necessary to further their education.

In partnership with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT), TDOT Reconnect provides employees a comprehensive overview of Department-related skills such as welding, traffic operations, and transportation skills while also including mathematical concepts, business writing, and computer skills. Employees who complete the TDOT Reconnect Program obtain a Transportation Systems Technology Certificate.
 

TDOT Reconnect is an 18-month continuing education program, broken into 3 trimesters, held in all 4 regions across the state.  Classes are held each Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30pm – 4:30pm at the applicable region location (listed below).  Each class is designed to educate participants on various transportation-related topics, with a combination of classroom discussion and hands-on experiential learning.

Region 1: Regional Complex – Building C; 7345 Region Lane, Knoxville, TN 37914
Region 2: TCAT Crossville – 910 Miller Ave, Crossville, TN 38555
Region 3: Regional Annex Building
Region 4: Regional Complex – 300 Benchmark Pl, Jackson, TN 38301

Over an 18-month period, classes cover the 17 areas shown in the table below:

Orientation & General Safety

Welding

Intro to Computer & Office Procedures

Public/Business Communications

Intro to Construction Equipment

Spreadsheet & Database Applications

Construction & Business Math

Traffic Operations

Hand & Power Tools

Project Planning & Administration

Materials Management

Heavy Truck Operations & Maintenance

Plan Reading & Documentation

Heavy Equipment Operations & Maintenance

Site Prep & Basic Foundation

Capstone Project

Formwork & Shoring

 

Region 1 Duane Manning Duane.Manning@tn.gov
Region 2 Craig Phillips Craig.Phillips@tn.gov
Region 3 Melanie Bumpus Melanie.Bumpus@tn.gov
Region 4 Rick Knoll William.Knoll@tn.gov
Headquarters Ryan Simpson Ryan.Simpson@tn.gov

Expand your TDOT knowledge!  TDOT Reconnect is dedicated to encouraging TDOT employees to learn and develop transportation-related skills that will help provide career advancement opportunities and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or furthering their education. Classes are taught by TDOT employees and TCAT employees who are subject matter experts on the topics they instruct.  Over 18 months, you will gain a better understanding of the Department, and various transportation-related topics.  You will be able to directly apply the knowledge and skills you learn in Reconnect to your job.

When you graduate from the TDOT Reconnect Program, you will:
        - Obtain a Transportation Systems Technology Certificate
        - 5% raise
        - Add 1.5 years to total years of experience

    

Grades:
Grades will be recorded on a final transcript. Students will receive skills tests throughout each trimester, and faculty will award a passing or failing grade based on performance of a skill. Failure to pass a skill will result in suspension at the end of the trimester. Students will be given multiple opportunities to show their skill knowledge, if failure occurs.

Attendance:
Absences are either excused or unexcused. Absences are excused if the following conditions are met: 1. In the case of illness or emergency. Requires documentation such as a doctor’s note. 2. Scheduled use of annual leave. Must be approved by the participant’s supervisor. Unexcused absences will receive one written warning, followed by a formal meeting with the Regional Training specialist and the Reconnect Committee.

Participants must attend 90% of the classes per trimester with excused absences. On the absence prior to the 90% attendance rule, the participant will receive a written warning. Once the participant exceeds 10% of absences for the trimester, there will be a formal meeting with the Regional Training specialist and the Headquarters Human Resources staff to discuss furthering in the program.

In the case of unavoidable professional conflicts, employees will be counted as absent, but it will not count towards their 90% attendance rate.

If any absence occurs (excused or unexcused), the participant is responsible for making up the material by contacting the Regional Training specialist to schedule a time to do so. If a Reconnect participant is unable to attend a class(es) for a specific reason/situation, the Reconnect participant should notify his/her supervisor and the Regional Training specialist prior to missing class.

TDOT Reconnect is designed for individuals who have not completed a postsecondary education program. The ideal student is one who is interested in developing their skills and understanding of transportation systems for career advancement opportunities and/or furthering their education. Employees must be committed to attending each class, 2 times a week, for 18-months, including classroom and field experiences.

Pre-Requisites:
Employees must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the TDOT Reconnect Transportation Systems Certificate Program:
     1. Obtained a GED or H.S. Diploma
     2. Completed at least 1 year (12 months) of continuous employment with TDOT
     3. Received a "valued" or higher rating on the most recent performance review
     4. Have a record free of disciplinary action within the past 2 years
     5. No formal post-secondary education

TDOT encourages applicants from areas like these:
        • Auto Maintenance
        • Transportation Operations (i.e. Construction & Maintenance)
        • Administration

The TDOT Reconnect program is held at all 4 regions across the state. Each one consists of 25 student participants selected through a lottery drawing.

Program schedules are different in each region. Regional leadership will notify all regional employees via email when the application period begins and ends. Interested employees can apply for their region’s Reconnect Program by submitting a FormStack application found on transPORTAL. Employees will be given 5 business days to submit their application. After the deadline for sign-ups has passed, all submissions will be exported and filtered into excel. Any duplicates will be removed.

TDOT HQ HR will verify that all candidates meet the following qualifications to participate:
     • 1 year or more of service with TDOT
     • Performance rating of “valued” or higher
     • No record of disciplinary action for the past 2 years
     • No formal post-secondary education

The names of all qualified candidates will be entered into a lottery drawing. Twenty-five (25) names are chosen by a random drawing and announced at the time of the drawing. There will be a limit of two (2) employees per business unit which can be selected to participate (the first 2 randomly selected for each business unit). Lottery winners will be notified within 24 hours by email that they have been selected to participate.
 

Upon completion of the TDOT Reconnect Program, employees obtain a Transportation Systems Technology Certificate which can then be utilized as a stepping stone for a postsecondary education program/degree. TDOT works with the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) and partners with local universities to outline academic pathways for TDOT Reconnect employees and. These college partnerships and associated degrees are outlined below.

Nashville State Community College offers a 65 credit hour Associates of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Architectural, Civil, and Construction Engineering Technology degree with a Civil and Construction Engineering Technology concentration. This degree provides students with a broad education and preparation for a career as an engineering aide in the civil engineering profession. Embedded in the program is an 18 credit hour Civil and Construction Engineering Technology Technical Certificate, which prepares students for the job market in many fields such as civil engineering, building construction, and road construction.

Those that graduate from TDOT Reconnect earn 9 credit hours towards the technical certificate, and ultimately, A.A.S. in Civil and Construction Engineering Technology. This flyer provides additional information about the program. In addition, this advising sheet lays out applicable courses and suggested semesters.

For additional information about the program, technical certificate, and degree please visit Nashville State Community College: Civil and Construction Engineering Technology A.A.S.

Pellissippi State Community College offers a 60 credit hour Associates of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Engineering Technology degree with a Civil Engineering concentration, Construction Engineering Technology option. This degree provides an academic/technical foundation to train skilled individuals to function effectively as assistants to civil engineers, environmental engineers, architects, developers or construction managers. Those that graduate from TDOT Reconnect earn 24 credit hours towards this degree.

For additional information about the program and degree please visit Pellissippi State Community College: Engineering Technology/Civil Engineering Concentration, A.A.S.

Southwest Tennessee Community College offers a 60 credit hour Associates of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Architectural Engineering Technology degree with a Civil/Construction concentration. This degree provides an academic/technical foundation to train skilled individuals to function effectively as assistants to engineers in the planning for, and in the design, construction, and maintenance of residential subdivisions, industrial parks, airports, bridges, highways, dams, pipelines, railroads, and buildings. Those that graduate from TDOT Reconnect earn, at a minimum, 6 credit hours towards this degree.

For additional information about the program and degree please visit Southwest Tennessee Community College: Architectural Engineering Technology, Civil/Construction Concentration, A.A.S.

https://tcatcrossville.edu/
https://tcatjackson.edu/
https://tcatknoxville.edu/
https://tcatnashville.edu/
http://www.mtsu.edu/
https://www.nscc.edu/
http://www.pstcc.edu/
http://www.southwest.tn.edu/
https://www.tntech.edu/

What is TDOT Reconnect?
TDOT Reconnect encourages TDOT employees to learn and develop transportation-related skills that will provide monetary and career advancement opportunities. It is aligned with the statewide initiative, Tennessee Reconnect, which works to ensure adults have access to resources and supports necessary to further their education.

What is the Transportation Systems Certificate Program?
The Transportation Systems Certificate Program is an 18-month course that provides continuing education for TDOT employees and covers various transportation-related topics.

Who is eligible?
Any current TDOT employee who has not completed a secondary education program is eligible to participate in TDOT Reconnect.

How do I apply?
When available, employees will receive information on how to apply online.

Who do I contact to participate?
Region 1: Duane.Manning@tn.gov
Region 2: Craig.Phillips@tn.gov
Region 3: Melanie.Bumpus@tn.gov
Region 4: William.Knoll@tn.gov