Illinois Central College to offer new Deconstruction certificate program

Illinois Central College will be offering a new certificate program for the spring 2014 semester as part of a statewide grant from the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) to promote green economy initiatives.

The Deconstruction and Building Materials Salvage and Reuse Certificate program also includes certification in Lead RRP (Repair Renovation and Painting) and is designed to prepare students for employment in the deconstruction and building material salvage, reuse and recycling industries. Its goal is to provide options to unemployed, under-employed and other workers, as well as develop career pathways to meet industry needs.

Most students can expect to complete the seven credit hour program in one semester. The four required courses combine online coursework with hands-on learning experience. Successful completion of the program will prepare individuals for entry level positions on construction, deconstruction or material salvage crews and contributes to an associate degree in Architectural Construction Technology.

The recommended course sequence includes:

Spring semester, First 8 weeks:

  1. Decon 101: Introduction to Deconstruction (1 credit hour)
  2. Decon 102: Deconstruction Methods and Materials (2 credit hours)

Spring Semester, Second 8 weeks:

  1. Decon 103: Principles of Deconstruction Assessment (2 credit hours)
  2. Decon 104: Deconstruction Project (2 credit hours)

People interested in working with their hands, developing knowledge of construction and deconstruction, wood working, conservation, home remodeling, as well as recent high school students and entrepreneurs may be interested in this opportunity.

ICC also is seeking employers wanting to send their employees for training and those willing to donate their job sites for hands-on, lab experience.

Classes begin January 21, 2014. For more information, contact IGEN Regional Coordinator Diana Fuller at (309) 694-8444, or email