NCDOT On-the-Job-Training (OJT)

A vibrant diverse marketplace requires a healthy, diverse workforce.

The Institute undertakes workforce projects that demonstrate ways to overcome barriers to diversity and build the next generation of diverse workers and leaders.

Currently, the Institute provides leadership and supportive services for the NCDOT OJT (on the job training-a workforce development) Civil Industry Program from Orange County to Haywood County, which are all the counties west of Durham.

On-The-Job training, also known as OJT, is teaching the skills, knowledge, and competencies that are needed to perform a specific job within the workplace and work environment. On-the-job training is a one-on-one training located at the job site and uses the regular or existing workplace tools, machines, documents, equipment, knowledge and skills necessary for an employee to learn to effectively perform his or her job.

Contact the Institute for more information and to get involved.


On-The-Job training is part of and funded through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) requires all state highway agencies to establish and utilize On-the-Job Training on federally-funded highway construction projects. Title 23 CFR is the regulations to implement and carry out the provisions of Federal law relating to the administration of Federal aid for highways that includes on-the-job-training within North Carolina Department of Transportation.


NCDOT - OJT Civil Industry Program Staff

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Bellandra Foster, Ph.D., P.E.

Director, NCDOT - OJT Civil Industry Program
(919) 956-2323 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Foster has over 30 years of professional experience, and is a licensed professional engineer. She has been a manager and administrator of numerous projects as a supervisor in public agencies and private industry. Dr. Foster is a Founder, President and Principal Engineer of a civil engineering corporation. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering from Michigan State University.

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Michael McKoy

Consultant, NCDOT - OJT Civil Industry Program
(919) 956-2322 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michael has over 30 years of engineering and transportation experience in all modes of transportation, highway, transit, rail, aviation and ferry, and was responsible for many years over the DBE Program for NCDOT, including management of the certification office. He coordinates outreach activities that identify and engage community resources to design and deliver programs and events that effectively introduce minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals to careers in civil construction industry. Michael also works to engage prime contractors to identify employment opportunities for graduates of skills training programs. Michael attended Saint Augustine’s College where he received his B.S. Degree in Engineering Technology.