The Florida Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Center has been housed at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF) for two years under Pei-Sung Lin, Ph.D., P.E., PTOE, FITE. The mission of the Florida LTAP Center is to improve the skills and increase knowledge of the local and tribal transportation workforce through training, technical assistance, and technology transfer to foster a safe, efficient, and environmentally-sound surface transportation system in Florida.
To ensure the safety of attendees, instructors, and staff during the pandemic, the Florida LTAP Center quickly worked to transition all in-person trainings to online GoToWebinar trainings starting March 23.
Because of the outstanding planning, coordination, promotion and facilitation of online trainings from all Florida LTAP team members, the Florida LTAP conducted 36 webinar sessions from mid-March to August. In less than 6 months, the Florida LTAP Center has more than 15,000 participants around the world attending the Florida LTAP webinars, with an average of 419 attendees per webinar. The total contact hours in the past 6 months exceeded 23,500.
This is a huge accomplishment, and the Florida LTAP Center has received numerous praises and very positive feedback from attendees. It has also become the modal of many LTAPs in the U.S. to provide online training in this challenging and uncertain COVID-19 period.