Get Involved

If you are an LTAP or TTAP Center staff member interested in joining this work group, contact any of the following people.

Chair: Mary McCarthy
T2 Center at the University of Connecticut
Chair: Kim Carr
West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program

Upcoming Meetings

There are currently no upcoming meetings for this group.

Group Description

The NLTAPA Professional Development Workgroup (PD Workgroup) is focused on helping our peers, from seasoned veterans to newcomers. With a focus on enhancing operational knowledge of Center leaders and their staff, the PD Workgroup is dedicated to providing support and training.

Workgroup Goal

To enhance operational knowledge of LTAP/TTAP Center leadership and their staffs by creating an environment of continuous, coordinated, and comprehensive support and training.

Workgroup Mission

The NLTAPA Professional Development Workgroup (PD Workgroup) is focused on helping our peers, from seasoned veterans to newcomers. With a focus on enhancing operational knowledge of Center leaders and their staff, the PD Workgroup is dedicated to providing support and training.

Highlighted below are a few of the initiatives coordinated by the PD Workgroup.

LTAP/TTAP U

The LTAP/TTAP U program is designed for all LTAP/TTAP individuals. The format includes several short sessions covering a range of topics. LTAP/TTAP U is a pre-conference offering, and it is scheduled for Monday afternoon for this year’s summer conference.

1. Things I Wish I Knew & Lessons Learned
Whether you are brand new to the world of LTAP, or just assumed a new role in your LTAP Center, there are things you probably wish you knew or insights you would love to hear from others. This session will provide that opportunity, as you listen to the personal accounts from a few of your LTAP peers.

2. Center Webpages
What content do you have on your webpage? What program(s) do you use to create and maintain your site? How do you decide if a resource is good to include or not include on your site? Do you use any free services? How do you work with agency parameters? These questions and many more will be covered during this quick session.

3. A Day in the Life of Your Agency
No two LTAP Centers are exactly the same. In this quick session, we’ll hear how LTAP Centers of different sizes successfully achieve LTAP focus areas and tasks.

NLTAPA Peer-to-Peer Program
The NLTAPA Peer-to-Peer Program was created to foster relationships and communication between NLTAPA members. The Program strives to match individuals with similar professional interests to share knowledge and insight regarding the Association and to encourage collaboration and mentoring. First priority is given to those individuals who are brand new to the program, or who have switched professional roles, but everyone who is interested is encouraged to participate! Previous and current mentors have indicated they find it is a beneficial relationship to both parties. We can always learn from each other!

We are always looking for volunteers to serve as an advisor/mentor, and for people who want to be enrolled in the program. The commitment is one-year for approximately one-hour per month. If you are interested in participating as an Advisee or Advisor, please contact Kristin Blair Kelly, kbkelly@ku.edu or Melissa Foley, mlf222@cornell.edu.

NLTAPA Peer-to-Peer Orientations
It is important that new Center leaders and staff are welcomed into NLTAPA and are aware of the resources that are available to help them succeed. With FHWA focusing on the Program side, the NLTAPA Peer-to-Peer Orientation focuses on the Association side. The NLTAPA elected officers, with support from the PD Workgroup, are responsible for this Orientation. The orientations will take place in a variety of manners: via phone, email, or in-person.

There are several goals of the Peer-to-Peer Orientations, including, but not limited to:

Outreach to new LTAP/TTAP Center leaders
Educate new LTAP/TTAP leadership about the Association’s roles and responsibilities and the role of the Association in relationship to the Federal LTAP/TTAP
Build and strengthen relationships between individual centers and the Association
Facilitate ongoing knowledge sharing across LTAP/TTAP Centers

NLTAPA National Achievement Award
The PD Workgroup coordinates this award, from developing nomination materials to helping distribute these materials. We have many hard-working people that strive to make our Association stronger and better, which in turn, helps strengthen our national program. Please consider nominating one (or more) of your peers that should be recognized.