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On-the-Job Training Support Services Program

Washington State Department of Transportation
Telephone: 360-705-7090
E-mail: ojt@wsdot.wa.gov

State Website: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/EqualOpportunity/training/ojt_ss.htm

Participation: Support is provided to WSATC recognized pre-apprenticeship training programs to create pathways into apprenticeship for the Highway Construction trades. In addition, qualified organizations may apply for Pre-Apprenticeship and Support Service (PASS) grant funding to deliver support services and training to minorities, females and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

Who is Served: Minorities, females, and socially and economically 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: Through coordinating with and supporting community resources and training programs, WSDOT is able to fund organizations that provide training and support services to those enrolled in certified training programs. In addition, upon completion of the program, individuals are eligible to receive safety equipment for their jobs, such as hard hats, safety vests, and other materials deemed appropriate by the Federal Highway Administration and under the PASS grant program.

Program History: The On-the-Job Support Services Program provides funding to prepare minority, women and other disadvantaged individuals for higher paying careers in the Highway Construction trades. This is a federally mandated program under CFR Title 23, Chapter 1, Subchapter C, Part 230.

Planning Cycle: PASS grant: every two years; FHWA funding, yearly.

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 information on individuals’ progress through the training programs from recruitment through training and supportive services and job placement and follow up.

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

State Funding: $5.25 million through 2020. $1.5 million for the 2017-19 biennium, provided through the Connecting Washington program. Remaining funding will be similarly allocated through 2021. Grant applications for these funds will be accepted again during the spring of 2019.

Federal Funding: For Federal Fiscal Year 2018, WSDOT received $101,000 from the Federal Highways Administration.

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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