Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP)

Program Description

Next class starts Aug. 13, 2018. 

The Illinois Department of Transportation created this program to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged persons working on IDOT projects.

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

This program is at no cost to the participant. Up to 15 students will be selected for each class. They will learn essential skills, with the goal of applying for and obtaining an apprenticeship in the building trades.  

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

Application process 

Interested in this program and a career in highway construction? The application process requires several steps, beginning with an orientation session.

  • Wednesday, June 20 at 10 a.m. – Full
  • Thursday, June 21 at 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 26 at 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m.
  • Friday, June 29 at 2 p.m.
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  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.