Road Scholars Receive Awards


April 14, 2022

PR County Road Department employees Teel Mullanix, Rick Turnbough, and Rich Aubert are pictured above receiving their "Road Scholar" awards, signifying their skills in roadway maintenance. Turnbough and Aubert are receiving their awards from Matt Ulberg of the LTAP program. (Photos courtesy Donna Giacometto)

Three Powder River County Road Department personnel are now "Road Scholars", through a program provided by the Local Technical Assistance Program of Montana State University. Road Department Supervisor Teel Mullanix, as well as Rick Turnbough and Rich Aubert are now Level I Roads Scholars in the program. The Road Scholar program provides Montana roadway maintenance and construction personnel with a system of curriculum demonstrating their knowledge of safety, management, and advanced technologies relevant to the transportation field. A set of required core classes as well as additional optional credits are needed for the distinction, including classes such as work zone safety, winter maintenance, leadership class, cattle guard maintenance, and other options.

Teel Mullanix was one of 24 Level 1 Roads Scholars recipients in 2021, while Turnbough and Aubert were presented their Roads Scholar certificates in March of 2022 at the MACRS (Montana Association of County Road Supervisors) conference in March in Great Falls.

A level 2 "Road Master" certification is also available, which takes four to six years of work and a plethora of additional classes, and has been completed by only 17 Montanans in the past 9 years.


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