The Arizona Department of Transportation sponsored a training class that allowed 27 members of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe to earn certifications through a free construction academy.
According to an ADOT media release, 15 participants of the Pascua Yaqui Reservation Tribal Employment Rights Organization Construction Academy are now qualified to work on reservation road projects.
The other 12 participants will work as general laborers for six months when participants will switch roles.
According to an ADOT media release:
“The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is expanding its horizons by offering increased opportunity for learning, particularly with our youth,” Tribal Chairman Robert Valencia said. “We are very interested in developing additional programs similar to the Construction Academy in the very near future and have very high expectations that the outcomes of this Academy will be successful.”
Other construction Academy programs also sponsored by ADOT are offered through Gila Community College and Gateway Community College.
Starting this fall, classes will also be offered through Pima Community College and Pima County Joint Technical Education School District.