Senior Seminar in Public Works & Road Maintenance

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Program Director

Susan Baillargeon


Designed for high school seniors, this program is a smooth on-ramp to a career in public works and road maintenance. You'll have the opportunity to take classes while still in high school—and we'll help you get a paid internship after you graduate.

How it Works

This program is offered at our Larimer Campus. In the spring of your senior year, take two classes at FRCC while you're still in high school. 

  • OSHA-10 Certification (1 credit)

    Learn to recognize the hazards of working in a highway maintenance environment, the proper protection to use, and how to avoid injuries caused by slips, trips, and falls, working around heavy equipment, using power tools and hand tools, and reporting requirements if an injury does occur. This is a nationally recognized industry certification.

  • Highway Maintenance Management 101 (3 credits) 

    Learn about the tasks of a highway/road maintenance worker such as snow and ice removal, roadside vegetation control, traffic control and general road repairs. You'll be introduced to the principles of asset management, preservation and preventive measures for those assets, environmental concerns, and safety for the traveling public. You'll also create a resume and prepare for interviews for their internships.

Earn While You Learn

We'll help you get a paid internship after you graduate. Here you'll gain practical experience in public works and road maintenance by taking the knowledge and skills you've gained in the classroom and applying them on the job—all under the supervision of an experienced employer and college faculty member. (2 credits)

Interns in the program also get:

  • A job under an industry mentor
  • The chance to network professionally for new employment opportunities
  • Exposure to challenging new situations you can't experience in a classroom
  • A chance to identify—or redefine—your career goals
  • Qualified for full-time employment and CDL training

Working Toward a Degree

After your internship, you can even take your college credits and apply them toward a degree in Highway Maintenance Management from FRCC—the only associate degree program in this field in the country!

Get a Job in a Growing Field

You'll find a lot of jobs available in public works and road maintenance—anywhere in the US. These careers offer job security and plenty of opportunities for advancement.

  • Projected job growth 5-10% over the next eight years (O*Net 2020)
  • 348 annual job openings projected for highway maintenance workers in the state (Colorado Department of Labor and Employment 2020)

Tuition and Fees

This program is offered at no cost to the student.