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Apprenticeship Construction Laborer (ACL) AAS

Last updated 6/9/2015

Associate in Applied Science Code 5372

Program Contacts:
QC Campus

First Stop Center, 309-796-5100
LU 25 JAC Regional Training Coordinator
Terrance Whitecotton, c/o 309-786-5479,

This program is designed for those who have been accepted into the Illinois Laborers’ and Contractors’ Construction Craft Laborer Apprenticeship and Training Program. It is a three-year program that includes 3,200 hours of construction laborer apprenticeship training. Students seeking admission must meet the admissions requirements of the Bureau of Apprenticeship Training, U.S. Department of Labor, and Black Hawk College. Training has been approved by the U.S. Department of Labor and developed by the Illinois Laborers and Contractors Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program (JATP). Black Hawk College has formed an agreement with the JATP and may grant college credit for approved and completed coursework. For further information concerning apprenticeship training, contact regional training coordinator of the Illinois Laborers and Contractors, LU 309 Apprenticeship Training Coordinator, Terrance Whitecotton, c/o 786-5479 or e-mail or the First Stop Center at Black Hawk College.

Apprenticeship Construction Laborer (ACL) AAS
Associate in Applied Science Code 5372
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Year – First Semester
LBR 111 — Orientation to Laborer’s Craft (3)
LBR 113 — Mason Tending (3)
LBR 291 — Concrete Practice Fundamentals (2)
General Education Choice:
ENG 101 — Composition I  or  (3)
ENG 102 — Composition II

Second Semester
LBR 115 — Asphalt Techn. & Construction (3)
LBR 116 — Labor Apprenticeship I (3)
LBR 292 — Concrete Apprenticeship I (2)
General Education Choice:
SOC 101 — Principles of Sociology (3)

Second Year – First Semester
LBR 131 — Principles of Pipelaying (3)
HIST 190 — History of American Labor (3)
LBR 293 — Forming & Finishing Concrete (3)
General Education Choice:
CS 100 — Introduction to Computers  or  (3)
Math/Computer Sciences

Second Semester
LBR 133 — Asbestos Abatement (3)
LBR 136 — Labor Apprenticeship II (3)
LBR 139 — Construction Blueprint Reading (3)
LBR 294 — Concrete Apprenticeship II (2)

Third Year – First Semester
LBR 153 — Hazardous Waste Worker (4)
LBR 250 — Landscaping (3)
General Education Choice:
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communication (3)

Second Semester
LBR 150 — Construction Surveying (2)
LBR 152 — Bridge Construction (3)
LBR 156 — Labor Apprenticeship III (3)
General Education Choice:
SPEC 175 — Intercultural Communication (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (65)

Courses for this program include: »

CS 100 Introduction to Computers
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or REA 093 “B” or better.
Introduction to computer concepts, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society. Applications include problem solving methods, word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation graphics software. Basic Algebra or equivalent is recommended.

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

HIST 190 A History of American Labor
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course is a survey of the lives and work of American working people, form the colonial era to the present, and includes an examination of the origins and development of labor unions in the United States.

SOC 101 Principles of Sociology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS required, or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
Scientific examination of human society and social behavior. Concentrates on human behavior and assumes that it is largely shaped by the groups to which people belong and by the social interaction taking place in these groups. Acquire a basic sociological understanding and sensitivity to the issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. IAI: S7 900

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900

SPEC 175 Intercultural Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Promotes awareness, knowledge, and skills for communicating among persons of differing cultural backgrounds. Focuses on cultures with whom U.S. Americans interact.