A Past That's Shaped Our Future
TC3 launched in summer 2000, with the purpose of improving training opportunities for transportation technical workers, while applying innovative measures to reduce duplication of efforts and costs to state and local transportation agencies.
TC3 was developed as a partnership among state departments of transportation (DOTs), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and its National Highway Institute (NHI), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), industry associations and institutes, and academia.
TC3 combined resources and knowledge to develop standardized technical training materials for all stakeholders. The Council’s goals included developing a core curriculum to support national priorities that could be used by any agency to improve the skills and qualifications of the transportation technical workforce.
The initial training courses were developed to be instructor-led with participants attending in person; economic challenges made that idea impractical on a large scale. As technological advances in distance learning using the Internet became more acceptable, TC3 selected online learning as its primary training platform.
During the first ten years of its history, TC3 gathered momentum by developing high-quality products for its customers. The Council responded to the curriculum needs of the DOTs and established a proven course development process by engaging subject matter experts throughout the industry. As a result, TC3 now has 120 online training courses available in the areas of construction, maintenance, and materials.
In 2013, TC3 joined AASHTO as a technical service program (TSP). By mid-2015, TC3 launched an AASHTO-based learning management system (LMS) to host its courses, a platform that provides easier user access as well as course tracking and evaluation.