In recent weeks questions have arisen regarding a new program launched by the ADOT Supportive Services Program in 2010. The program in question is the “ADOT Academy for the Development of DBEs.” This program was developed in accordance with Best Practices guidelines issued by the Federal Highway Administration to provide Disadvantaged Business Enterprises with access to higher education.
The ADOT Academy was developed cooperatively with the Alliance for Construction Excellence, an Arizona State University based organization, and 70% of its instruction is provided by professors from ASU. The program is structured around three developmental stages for DBEs; start up, capacity building, and established firms nearing graduation. To date, approximately 65 companies have participated in the program.
The feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive. The program has been recognized on both a local and national basis for both the excellence in education provided and the innovation of being only the third program of its kind in the U.S.
An overview of the program as well as the survey responses from participants is now available. If you would like to learn more about this program, please feel free to download and review the 2010 ADOT Academy Status Report.