MoDot workers who receive on-the-job training and classroom instruction now qualify as apprentices under a federal program recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor. Current employees and new hires are now eligible to receive a certificate of a completed registered apprenticeship when they finish the program. That certificate serves as a nationally-recognized credential validating the workers’ proficiency in an apprenticeship occupation. It also means MoDot maintenance workers can earn college credit for their on-the-job training. It has also a benefit for veterans. If they qualify for the G.I. bill benefits and are enrolled in the apprenticeship program, they could also receive a monthly stipend in addition to their regular pay from MoDot.