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.
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.
Ellis Monroe is a Public Ally AmeriCorps Member serving as the Outreach Coordinator for the NCDOT On-the-Job-Training (OJT). He works closely with the director of the program to create and implement an outreach plan to recruit and retain candidates interested in attending the OJT Training Academy, hosted in the western part of North Carolina in partnership with the NCDOT. Ellis also works to educate the public about the NCDOCT OJT program and the range of opportunities in the highway construction industry.
NCDOT OJT provides minorities, women, and disadvantaged individuals training to journeyman level status within the highway construction industry. As an Ally, Ellis works through a 10-month apprenticeship to gain valuable work experience and develops his leadership skills through intensive skills training and personalized coaching. Ellis hopes to lead his own nonprofit one day.