“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 #166

woman in construction uniform

Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP)

Program Description

Spring class starts Monday, March 2nd, 2020 

The Illinois Department of Transportation created this program 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

This program is at no cost to the participant. 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.

  • Tuesday, January 14th at 10 a.m.
  • Friday, January 17th at 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 22nd at 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 23rd at 6 p.m.
  • Monday, January 27th 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.