Georgia Department of Transportation

The partnership between the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and Goodwill was established more than twenty years ago, and during these decades, the lives of many people have been changed for the better.  While there have been many GDOT personnel who have contributed to the success of this program, for the last five years, Latoya Scrutchins, program associate for Area 1 Construction, has been at the heart of this relationship.

Each year, Goodwill sends about 50 participants to GDOT for on-the-job training. GDOT also provides financial assistance to Goodwill, ranging from $250,000 to $400, 000 per year. The generous gifts of time and treasure have enabled many people to get a strong start in construction industry careers.

Latoya particularly enjoys training women for jobs in highway construction. She finds it fulfilling to help women overcome their fears and learn to succeed in a male-dominated field. She is proud to offer well-rounded training that provides experiences that vary from driving a dump truck to pouring concrete to flagging.

GDOT provides assistance with job search and has hired many of Goodwill’s program graduates. Some of those completing the program have been hired by consulting firms, which can prove to be a great career opportunity.

2020 was a year like none other and yet, GDOT stayed the course. A training class was in progress when the COVID-19 shutdown occurred and although GDOT’s team was stretched thin, they went above and beyond to accommodate Goodwill’s participants with the necessary on-the-job training. Goodwill’s Employment Specialist Robert Cummings recalls the hoots and high-fives the cohort members shared upon learning that they would be able to finish their program on time.

With sincere appreciation for this valuable partnership, now in its third decade, Goodwill of North Georgia is pleased to present GDOT with the Community Training Site of the Year award.