Congratulations to Spring 2024 highway construction grads

8 people standing in line facing camera and holding certificatesCongratulations to the recent graduates of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) at Black Hawk College!

Pictured from left to right are:

  • Sabrina Strong of East Moline
  • Heaven Jones of Davenport, IA
  • Briana Nims of Silvis
  • Holly Douglas of Rock Island
  • Ethan Griffiths of Davenport, IA
  • Jesus Francisco of Colona
  • Andrew Barnes of Moline
  • Alec Hinton of Davenport, IA

The Illinois Department of Transportation created the 450-hour program to prepare people to work in construction and to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged persons working on IDOT projects. With four women graduating, this class had the most female students since the program began at Black Hawk College in 2014.

There is no cost to participants who are selected for the program. Students in the fall class will receive a stipend of $15 per hour.

The Black Hawk College program has the second-highest placement rate of the 14 HCCTP programs in Illinois. Of the last 38 BHC graduates, 71 percent have become apprentices. Hinton joined the Heat and Frost Insulators Local #81 after completing his 10th week of training.

View photos from the program and the community projects the students completed.

Check out one of the HCCTP projects at Niabi Zoo!

The next HCCTP begins Monday, Aug. 12 with orientation sessions May 30, June 25 or June 26.

For more information, visit the Highway Construction Careers Training Program or call 309-796-5729.

3 students in welding gear holding up nameplates they welded

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