Civil Rights

2018 ON-THE-JOB TRAINING SUPPORTIVE SERVICES (OJT/SS) PROGRAM

The Iowa Department of Transportation is accepting fiscal year 2018 On-The-Job Training Supportive Services (OJT/SS) Program Statements of Work (SOW) applications.

Your application materials are due to the Iowa DOT's Office of Employee Services' Civil Rights team by Tuesday, August 21, 2018.

The current estimated budget for Iowa is $72,438.  Additional funds will require a detailed letter with specific reasons and purpose.

The budget should be in Excel format with an indirect cost rate not to exceed 10% unless there is a previously approved Indirect Cost Allocation Plan (iCAP) by FHWA or another Federal Agency.

The SOW must be for one Federal fiscal year but may include multiple training and/or supportive services concepts.  Awareness and educational programs, such as a construction career day, may be funded, but only as a part of a more comprehensive program of training/supportive services.  The SOW should be created by you and not a consultant or future service provider.  The SOW’s design must follow the attached example and contain a detailed budget.  The SOW should discuss how the program will deliver supportive services, training, and/or skill development to prospective workers.  OJT/SS contracts may contain a one-year renewal option if there is documented satisfactory performance and funds are available.

The SOW must demonstrate how a career path for individuals that are minority, women, or disadvantaged will be provided.  It should demonstrate the involvement and collaboration among construction and professional trade associations, contractors, educational institutions (trade schools, public schools, community colleges, and universities), Departments of Labor, Education and or advocacy, non-profit, or veteran organizations.  It must consider the following workforce and SOW fundamentals:

  • Careers leading to journey status (not short-term jobs)
  • Partnerships and meaningful industry engagement
  • Strategies to increase opportunities for under-represented populations
  • Focus on results and outcomes
  • Overall delivery of value for the funds provided
  • Clear performance measures

A clear performance measure can be defined as: “For a period of one year, this program will provide 20 participants with commercial driver license training, with CDL certifications, and the program will graduate a minimum of 18 persons for a total program cost of $75,000, or $3,750 per student.  After training the 18 CDL certified candidates, we will place each trainee with a contractor. In addition, we will track, for up to six months the 18 candidates to ascertain if they made it into a contractor’s apprenticeship program and onto a current highway construction project.”

Please summit completed application materials to Kim.VanCleave@iowadot.us

Applications submitted that are incomplete or late will not be evaluated.


Federal and state laws prohibit employment and/or public accommodation discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran's status. If you believe you have been discriminated against, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission at 800-457-4416 or Iowa Department of Transportation's affirmative action officer. If you need accommodations because of a disability to access the Iowa Department of transportation's services, contact the agency's civil rights/ADA coordinator, Karen Kienast in the Office of Employee Services, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010 or at 515-239-1921. TTY/TDD: 515-239-1514