excerpted from Anishinaabeg Today, 10-15-08
Twelve graduates comprised the first class to complete the Transportation Opportunity Training (TOT) program created by MnDOT's Office of Civil Rights, the White Earth Indian Reservation and several other partners.
The classes were held at MSCTC-Detroit Lakes.
During the training, the students studied math, reading comprehension, conflict resolution and other skills. They also learned truck driving skills and met other requirements to obtain a commercial driver's license.
This program increases the diversity of the hiring pool in the region and will help contractors meet federal and state goals for employing women and minority group members on federally funded construction projects.