Highway Construction Careers Training Program
This program is offered at no cost to participants as it is funded entirely by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
About the Program
The Highway Construction Careers Training Program aims to help women, underrepresented, and socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals gain acceptance into the construction trades. During the 14 week class, participants will engage in 450 hours of skilled-trades preparation and apprenticeship readiness training with the goal of applying for and obtaining local union apprenticeship opportunities.
The program covers Math for the Trades, Life Skills, Job Readiness, Blueprint Reading, OSHA 10-hour, Welding, Equipment Operation, and Hands-On Projects.
HCCTP is offered at no cost to the participant as it is funded entirely by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
HCCTP is offered twice a year (Fall and Spring) and the admission process is competitive – not all who apply will be accepted.
Qualified individuals must:
- be interested in working in construction
- be at least 18 years old
- have a High School Diploma or GED
- have a valid Driver's License
- have reliable transportation
- have reliable childcare
- be drug-free (tested)
- have at least a 7th-grade math level equivalency
- Register for and attend an Information Session when registration is open
- Math and Reading Testing – Completed same day as session for those wanting to proceed
- Potential candidates are invited for an Interview
- Drug Testing
Ready to get started? Sign up for the next available information session.
What can I do with this degree?
Potential Careers & Wages
Career opportunities include: Plumbers, Pipefitters, Carpenters, Laborers, Cement Masons, Electricians, Equipment Operators, Painters, Sheet Metal Workers, and more!
Steve Gadamowitz has come full circle with his training at RVC. In fall of 2022, he returned to RVC’s Main Campus as a Laborer’s Local 32 apprentice. Their project was working on completing the landscaping needs outside of the ERC. Steve gained entry into Local 32 a month after graduating from the HCCTP class; he is now in the second year of his three-year apprenticeship.
HCCTP Graduate, Spring 2021; Laborers Local 32
My life has completely changed since joining the Highway Construction Careers Training Program. It opened my eyes to the opportunities that have been in front of me this whole time. Now, thanks to HCCTP, I have a chance to have a career that will help me thrive and be able to provide a better life to both my family and myself.
HCCTP Graduate, Fall 2022; Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 23
This program has impacted my life in many ways. To start the HCCTP has given me a significant amount of knowledge and hands-on training in different trades. The program also gave me the confidence to pursue a career in a field that I enjoy doing and can see myself having a future in. I have several certifications, which I obtained in the HCCTP that will give me a greater opportunity to reach my goals.
HCCTP Graduate, Fall 2022
During the second week of her HCCTP class, Luna Gonzalez learned about all of the trades and stated aloud how she would be an Ironworker one day. Luna is completing her second year as an apprentice with Ironworkers Local 498 and proving every day that hard work and determination can make dreams into reality.
HCCTP Graduate, Fall 2021; Ironworkers Local 498