“My whole life, all I’ve ever wanted to do was construction. HCCTP helped me live my dream!”

Sonia Shepard, Class 5, now in Carpenters Local #4, at work on the new I-74 bridge

woman in construction uniform

Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP)

Program Description

Class starts on February 27th

  To register for an orientation session, call 309-796-5729 or fill out our online form.

Orientation Sessions are free and will be held at this location UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED:
Black Hawk College
6600 34th Ave., Moline, IL 61265
Building 1, Balcony, Room B-13

Orienation Dates:

• January 19th — 10:00 a.m.
• January 25th – 6:00 p.m.
• January 26th – 10:00 a.m.
• January 31st – 10:00 a.m.
• February 3rd – 2:00 p.m.
Register for HCCTPHCCTP LogoThe Illinois Department of Transportation created this program to prepare people to work in the building trades and to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged persons working on IDOT projects.

This full-time, 13-week class covers math, job/life skills, blueprint reading, OSHA, stick welding, construction equipment operation, shop time and hands-on projects.

There is no cost to the program. Participants receive a stipend of $10 per hour. Up to 15 students will be selected for each class. They learn essential skills, with the goal of applying for and obtaining an apprenticeship in the building trades.

Career opportunities:
  • Carpenters
  • Laborers
  • Cement masons
  • Electricians
  • Equipment operators
  • Pipefitters and plumbers
  • Other building trades
 Initial requirements:
  • Seeking work in the construction trades
  • 18 years or older
  • High school diploma or GED®
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Drug-free (tested)

Application process 

Applying for HCCTP requires several steps, beginning with an orientation session.

Register for HCCTP Orientation


  1. Register for and attend an orientation session. All orientation sessions are in the Business Training Center at the Quad-Cities Campus.
  2. Math and Reading Skills Test – Taken after orientation for those wanting to proceed.
  3. Potential candidates are invited for an interview, then selections are made.
  4. Drug testing.