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On-the-Job Training Support Services Program

Contact: Mellody Stell
Washington State Department of Transportation
Seattle, WA 98104
Telephone: 206-768-5899
E-mail: StellM@wsdot.wa.gov

State Website: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/equalopportunity/PoliciesRegs/EEO_OJT_ContractCompliance.htm

Participation: About 250 participants were served by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) On-The-Job Training Support Services Program between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.

Who is Served: Minorities, females, and disadvantaged individuals are recruited for the program. The program is not discriminatory; non-protected group members may apply.

Program Description: The goal of the program is to increase minority, female and disadvantaged individuals’ employment opportunities in the highway construction industry. Federal guidelines governing federally funded highway construction contracts allow WSDOT to implement this assistance program to qualifying individuals. The program provides participants with training and support services while working on highway construction projects.

Other Program Characteristics: Contract training requirements enable minority, women and other disadvantaged participants the ability to pursue a career in the skilled construction trades. In addition to the training and technical assistance provided, individuals enrolled in the program are eligible to receive equipment for their jobs, such as hard hats, safety vests, and other materials deemed appropriate by the Federal Highway Administration.

Program History: The On-the-Job Support Services Program trains and helps prepare minority, women and other disadvantaged individuals for higher paying skilled trade and transportation technology jobs.  This is a federally mandated program under CFR Title 23, Chapter 1, Subchapter C, Part 230.

Planning Cycle: Every two years.

Outcome Measures: Outcome measures are determined on a yearly basis and reported to the Federal Highway Administration in a Federal Aid Construction Cumulative Training Report. The report includes the number of participants starting, receiving, and completing training. The report also includes apprentices reaching journey level.

Funding and Regional Division: This is a statewide program. WSDOT has six regions: Northwest, North Central, Olympic, Southwest, South Central, and Eastern.

State Funding: $43,000 (for June 30, 2012 through June 30, 2013), State Legislature. 

Federal funding: For Federal Fiscal Year 2014, WSDOT received $150,192 from the Federal Highway Administration. However, funds remaining from previous fiscal years carry-over and there is additional funding remaining.

Statutory Authority: Federal Highway Administration, Nondiscrimination Section, Title 23 USC 140; 23 CFR 230, Subpart A, Appendix B. Administered by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

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