Highway Construction Careeers Program

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In collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) initiated a Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) in late 2009, in an effort to increase access to highway construction jobs for minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals. The HCCTP emphasizes life-long learning and provides opportunities for further education and assistance to improve employability in Illinois’ highway construction industry. The program is administered by the Illinois Community College Board and implemented through ten Community Colleges throughout the state.

Each Community College holds a minimum of two training sessions per year in which individuals receive intensive training in highway construction-related skills, such as mathematics for the trades, job site readiness, carpentry, concrete flatwork, blueprint reading orientation, introduction to tools, forklift operation and OSHA 10 hour certification, etc.

Additionally, each Community College provides its graduates with assistance in obtaining placement in Illinois’ highway construction trade unions, apprenticeship programs and/or with IDOT highway construction contractors.

The current HCCTP at John A. Logan College consists of (2) training sessions, each lasting approximately 16 weeks. Each training session is comprised of 450 hours of both classroom and “hands-on” instruction. Successful candidates must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, possess a valid driver’s license and consent to drug screening.

For more program information and how to apply, contact Mark Etters, HCCTP Coordinator, at (618) 985-2828 (ext. 8643) or toll free at 1-800-851-4720. Inquiries can also be forwarded to marketters@jalc.edu.

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