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Knudsen. “We hold our employees to that same standard of success. This change will maintain that, but make the reimbursement processsimpler.” Under the revised program, reimbursement is allowed for a maximum of 12 credit hours per calendar year. Employees can still pursuemultiple degrees, but MoDOT will not reimburse for multiple degrees of the same level. The other major program change falls under the length of employment required before employees are eligible for educational assistance. For undergraduate degrees, the program has not changed – employees must be employed at MoDOT for at least six months. Master’s degreecandidates must currently be employed in a professional position (salary grade 11 or higher) with at least four years of service to thedepartment, or begin employment in a position with a salary grade of 15 or higher and complete at least six months of service. There are administrative changes to the program that should make the process easier for employees, including form submittals,documentation, checklists and educational resources to guide employees through the process. Details can be found on theEducationalAssistance SharePoint site
(link works for active employees only).
Missouri Has a New State Map!
by Matt Hiebert
With a centennial-themed cover, the new state highway map features 252 miles of additional highway, insets of the Chicago to Kansas CityExpressway, an updated Katy Trail inset and the newly signed U.S. Bike Route 76 Transamerica Trail.MoDOT has led the way among state agencies in using mapping software and data to make the map as accurate as technologically possible.“We pioneered the use of ArcMap desktop softwarewith this edition,” said Myrna Tucker, transportationmanagement systems administrator. “This approachhad never been taken to this level. MoDOT was thefirst in the nation to use this software in-house.”The new map also shows historic locations, hospitals,airports, Amtrak stations, colleges and universities.Other helpful bits of information include easy-to-locate emergency telephone numbers, and contactinformation for MoDOT district offices.The completion of the centennial map was a team effort that involved various MoDOT departments and other state agencies.“Tourism, Natural Resources and Conservation supplied us with information for several features of the map,” Tucker said.
Maps will be available in all districts by Sept. 2.
by Roberta Broeker
Hello, Team MoDOT! I’ve had the privilege of meeting folks from DOTs across the country, and I’m proud to say MoDOT is considered anational leader. What do others think we do so well? Is it practical design? Is it consistently delivering projects on-time and on-budget? Is itour low administrative costs or the way we clear our roads during a snow fight? Those are all things to be proud of, but the thing others envyabout MoDOT is our innovation.Every day, MoDOT employees find ways to get their work done better, faster, cheaper and safer. Maybe it’s our show-me spirit that makes us so eager to show others whatcan be done if we try something new. But I think it’s also because we live our value of being bold.Right now, our Safe & Sound Bridge ImprovementProgram and the Highway 5 Shared Four-Lane project arein the national transportation spotlight. That wouldn’t havehappened if we hadn’t been bold enough to try somethingnew. And it’s not just big projects where employeecreativity shines. During the past twelve months, MoDOTemployees submitted more than 100 innovations to theSolutions at Work program with a record 26 approved asstatewide best practices. Last spring we had dozens of submissions to the Tool and Equipment Challenge and the new Promo Challenge. Oneof those went on to win a Governor’s Safety Award. Whether it’s special tools created from scrap materials or novel project designs to cutcosts and improve safety, MoDOT employees use innovation to produce exceptional results.Regardless of where we work or what we do, we all need to be open to new ways to get our work done. “That’s the way we’ve always doneit,” is
a good answer. I dare you to try something new. Even if it doesn’t work out quite the way you intended, trying something newmakes you smarter … and eliminates one “not quite right” solution.