Community Outreach Programs Information
Transportation Assistance Program (TAP)
The Outreach program "Transportation Assistance Program" (TAP) is designed to eliminate barriers in the transportation industry and encourage individuals from under-represented groups to apply for training. ODOT will provide weekly certification training opportunities throughout the year to help make individuals more employable. Training will be offered and funded for minority and female participants seeking employment in the construction trade industry.
This training will be offered for one week at multiple locations throughout Oklahoma. The series of 4 modules is designed to prepare individuals in entry level training for Labor, Trades and Crafts for persons interested in obtaining work in highway construction industry. The training does not require any prior construction experience and is intended to provide an overview of transportation construction work and prepare the student for entry level work in transportation construction projects. If you have questions contact Bart Vleugels in the the Contract Compliance Division at 405-234-0203.
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National Summer Transportation Institute Program (NSTI)
The National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) is a key component among FHWA’s educational initiatives. The NSTI program is a Science, Technology and Math (STEM) focused program for high school and junior high/middle school students. It is administered by accredited colleges, community colleges and universities, accredited Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Pacific Island territories and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The NSTI program objectives are to improve STEM skills, provide awareness to middle and high school students - particularly minority, female and disadvantaged youth - about transportation careers, and encourage them to consider transportation-related courses of study in their higher education pursuits. Host sites are required to commit significant program time to classroom participation. The length of the program is typically 2-4 consecutive weeks. Host sites may be student day programs or residential programs in which room and board are provided by the Host Sites to the students.
To enroll for the 2024 camp, please email Bart at email@example.com. Online enrollment will open in April 2024.
The annual Construction Career Day will take place on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at the OKC Fairgrounds (The Pavilion Building). Construction Career Day gives high school students the opportunity to learn up close what type of construction and transportation-related jobs and trades are available. From heavy equipment operator, to plumbing, electrician, forklift operator, the hands-on experience is second to none. Contact Bart Vleugels via email or phone for more information and how to secure a spot for your high schoolers to attend next year's event.