Breaking Into Construction: How an ADOT Program Attracts Women and Minorities
Karisma Sandoval, Cronkite News
More than 90 percent of workers in the construction industry are men, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is trying to change that statistic by working with community college leaders and contractors on a program that integrates more women and minorities into a wide range of construction jobs, including welding, trucking, electrical work, and building houses and roads.
Patricia McKinley is a benefactor of the ADOT's efforts. She used the skills she learned at the construction academy to launch a Phoenix business, KHAVL Transport, in 2016 with just one truck. She now has four semi-tractor trailers in the trucking company, which she co-owns with her husband.