Supportive Services

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Support Services (DBE/SS)

The primary purpose of the DBE/SS is to provide training, assistance, and services to DBEs certified in the DBE program, and to assist in the certification more DBE's. The goal is to increase their activity in the program and facilitate the firms' development into viable, self-sufficient organizations capable of competing for, and performing on Federally- assisted highway projects.

FHWA DBE Supportive Services Fact Sheet (PDF)

FHWA annually apportions the DBE/SS funds to Caltrans for the purpose of carrying out a DBE/SS program. The FHWA approves the funding of Caltrans programs only if they demonstrate the ability to directly assist certified DBE's development through identifiable, metric-based results.

Interested host sites can contact us at ProgramOps@dot.ca.gov for more information.

Northern Region (Districts 1, 2, 3, & 4)

Caltrans is currently contracted with Humboldt State University to provide services. If your business is currently based in their territory, you can receive services for free. You can contact them at

Humboldt State University
1 Harpst St, House 71
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: (707) 826-3916
taylor@norcalptac.org

Central Region (Districts 5, 6, 9, & 10)

Caltrans is currently working on contracting with a vendor in this area.

Southern Region (Districts 7, 8, 11, & 12)

Caltrans is currently contracted with Mira Costa College to provide services. If your business is currently based in their territory, you can receive services for free. You can contact them at

MiraCosta College
2075 Las Palmas Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Phone: (442) 262-2390
Email: DBESS@miracosta.edu

On the Job Training Supportive Services (OJT/SS)

Caltrans' OJT/SS Program provides pre-apprenticeship training to increase the participation of women, minorities, and other disadvantaged individuals in skilled and semi-skilled crafts on federal-aid highway construction contracts. Caltrans' OBEO is contracted with the following regional partners to provide DBE Supportive Services:

Any Disadvantaged Business Enterprise can contact the regional provider for their district to receive DBE Supportive Services.

The Federal Highway Administration, and the US Department of Transportation provides these additional resources and information:

Caltrans is currently contracted with the South Bay Workforce Investment Board for our Pre-Apprenticeship Program. For more information on them, you can reach them at

South Bay Workforce Investment Board
11539 Hawthorne Blvd., 5th Floor
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Phone: (310) 970-7700
Fax (310) 970-7711
rchavez@sbwib.org