Construction jobs that receive federal funding must have on-the-job training programs. In most cases, the trainees are placed in the most menial jobs. However, Washington, D.C.'s Department of Transportation wanted to change that and started a construction-management training program while working on the 11th Street Bridge Project. At the end of an eight-week course taught by engineers, construction managers and inspectors, students take an ACI exam. If they pass, they're qualified to inspect concrete on job sites. Students have found success, but times are still hard and layoffs come.

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