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ADOT, Tucson-area tribe partner for construction training program

The construction academy. (Arizona Department of Transportation)

The Arizona Department of Transportation partnered with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe for a construction training program.

Twenty-seven members of the tribe recently earned certification to work as flaggers on tribal construction projects through a free Construction Academy sponsored by ADOT.

Those participants completed a series of weekend courses that qualified them to work on road projects in the southwest Tucson area on the reservation.

“The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is expanding its horizons by offering increased opportunity for learning, particularly with our youth,” Tribal Chairman Robert Valencia said in a press release. “We are very interested in developing additional programs similar to the Construction Academy in the very near future and have very high expectations that the outcomes of this Academy will be successful.”

These ADOT programs provide training opportunities to women, minorities and members of economically disadvantaged groups, including the flagger certification.

The training costs and fees are paid for. Additionally, the program offers transportation and child care assistance.

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