(Washington DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) On-the-Job Training Supportive Services (OJT/SS) Program is offering the 11th Street Bridge Construction Management Training Program. This unique field service and classroom instructional curriculum provides minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals interested in the highway construction industry accelerated instruction and the opportunity to test for certifications in concrete, soils and aggregate compaction.
The program offers participants an intensive training program by a host of construction partners. Students are provided with training and the opportunity to acquire certifications for ACI Concrete Field Testing and Soils and Aggregate Compaction Technician. In addition to in-class instruction and hands-on experience, students will spend time shadowing DDOT in the field, receiving mentorship and ample exposure to on-site concrete application for wall placements and approach slab construction.
Since the program began last October 2012, 14 participants have graduated and several have secured employment in the construction industry. This new class of eight, which begins this week, is comprised of a diverse range of District residents including one woman and three veterans. The selection process included a thorough screening process and students were recommended by various members of the workforce development community.
“DDOT is incredibly proud of the achievements of these individuals, many of whom have overcome significant obstacles to reach their goals,” said DDOT Director Terry Bellamy. “It’s inspirational to see their hard work and dedication rewarded with the chance to become eligible to work on DDOT projects like the 11th Street Bridge and other Anacostia Waterfront Initiative projects.”
Phase 1 of the 11th Street Bridge project was completed this summer and provides three new bridges which separate local and freeway traffic, a new shared use sidewalk for cyclists and pedestrians that connects the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, and space for future streetcar tracks. Phase 2, which began this summer, is replacing the outbound I-695 (SE/SW Freeway) flyover bridge over M Street with a new bridge. The entire 11th Street Bridge project is scheduled to be completed by mid-2015.
For more information and to follow the bridge project and AWI Program’s progress, please visit anacostiawaterfront.org/11thStreetBridge. To join the project or AWI community contact list or ask questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 741-8528.