The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge Replacement Project calls for replacing the 68-year-old bridge and reconstruction of the Suitland Parkway/I-295 interchange. The bridge has been classified as functionally obsolete and needs to be replaced due to its condition, age and functional limitations. This project will increase pedestrian and vehicular safety, improve multimodal transportation options, increase community accessibility, and support economic development on both sides of the Anacostia River.

Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge Construction Management Program (CMTP) is a unique field service and classroom instructional curriculum that provides accelerated instruction and opportunities to test for certifications in concrete, soils and aggregate compaction, safety and flagging and pavement marking to minorities, women, and disadvantaged individuals interested in highway construction industry. The program, which is sponsored by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) On-the-Job Training Supportive Services (OJT/SS) Program, HNTB and South Capitol Bridge Builders, is the result of the successful collaboration between businesses and DDOT designed to build a better D.C. The program equips job seekers with new skills that are in demand, creating employment and strengthening the community.

The program offers participants an intensive training program by a host of construction partners. Students are provided with training and the opportunity to acquire certifications for ACI Concrete Field Testing and Soils and Aggregate Compaction Technician. In addition to in-class instruction and hands-on experience, students will spend time shadowing DDOT in the field, receiving mentorship and ample exposure to on-site concrete application for wall placements and approach slab construction. Following the preparatory training, participants will take the certification exams in the areas of study. The South Capitol Street Corridor Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge Replacement Project subsidizes the Construction Management Program. Training and examinations are offered to the participants free of charge.

Participants will receive classroom instruction, hands-on and onsite project experience in the areas of OSHA Safety and The American Concrete Institute (ACI) Field Test Technician Gr. 1.

Candidate Requirements

Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Has a High School Diploma, GED, or has passed the CASAS or TABE test at least at the 10th grade level or higher. Proof of scores must accompany resume to show proficiency;
  • Has an excellent attendance record in employment or a workforce development program and is actively engaged with a program advisor;
  • Has successfully completed a job readiness program;
  • Can pass a drug test screening within 30 days of resume submission;
  • Can commit to participating in a eight-week training program;
  • Must be independently capable of getting to the training and testing sites in Southeast DC and various locations in the MD/VA area;


Training is tentatively scheduled to begin late March and last until early May. Dates, times, locations, and curriculum are subject to change.


A stipend will be provided based on selective criteria including class and exam attendance as well as overall participation. The stipend will be paid in two parts, one in the middle of the program after the student completes the ACI exam, and the second at the end of the program after the student completes the Soils & Aggregate exam.

How To Apply

Each advisor/candidate must submit their applicant’s resume & CASAS/TABE score (if applicable) by email to

Advisors may communicate questions and submit applicant resumes and CASAS scores for consideration to:

Ann Harrell, Workforce Development Manager
Justice & Sustainability Associates
240.695.7994 direct

Each Advisor/Candidate should submit their applicant’s resume/High School Diploma/GED and/or CASAS/TABE score as soon as possible.