Register for highway construction orientation

highway construction students spreading cement in parking lotDemand for workers in good-paying construction jobs remains strong. The Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) at Black Hawk College is a great path to a rewarding career with a variety of building trades.

The 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 (IDOT) projects. The HCCTP is funded by an IDOT grant, and Black Hawk College is one of only 10 community colleges in the state to offer the program.

A new HCCTP session begins Monday, Feb. 27 with instruction and hands-on training 36 hours per week for 13 weeks.

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

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

  • Thursday, Jan. 19 – 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 25 – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 26 – 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 31 – 10 a.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 3 – 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 for an orientation session or contact Paul Fessler at or 309-796-5729.

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