Train for building trades, highway construction with BHC program

7 people spreading cement around park benchDemand for new workers in good-paying construction jobs has been very high. A career in construction may be waiting for you!

The Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) aims to prepare people to work in the building trades and to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged persons working on Illinois Department of Transportation projects.

In the Spring 2022 class, all four grads were accepted into the building trades at the end of the training.

A new HCCTP session begins Monday, Aug. 15 with instruction and hands-on training 36 hours per week.

Like apprenticeships in the building trades, the HCCTP is “earn while you learn.” There is no cost to students accepted into the program. Students receive a stipend of $10 per hour.

Interested students MUST attend an orientation. Choose from these sessions:

  • Monday, June 27 at 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 28 at 6 p.m.
  • Friday, July 8 at 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 12 at 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 14 at 6 p.m.
  • Friday, July 22 at 2 p.m.

Eligible candidates must be 18 or older, have a high school diploma or GED®, have a valid driver’s license, be interested in the construction trades, and be drug-free.

Register online for an orientation session or contact Paul Fessler at or 309-796-5729.

The HCCTP is funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

View photos from the Spring 2022 program and the Fall 2021 program.