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 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.
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.
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