The Highway Construction Careers Training Program is an intensive 12-week program to learn the skills necessary for acceptance in the trades and the opportunity for a career with high-wage earning potential.
or low out of pocket cost
Qualified applicants may have tuition and fees paid for while earning a credential. At the end of the program, participants will have received the education, experience, and connections with local employers to dive into a new career.
What Will I Learn in the Highway Construction Program?
Math for Trades
The math curriculum will focus on the fundamental concepts of basic numeric skills, measurement and conversion, and algebra and geometry. The math concepts will be supported with practical applications, on the job problem solving, and job related tasks through communication.
The job readiness curriculum is designed to add to the overall success in a work environment. The workers of the future need skills that will allow them to communicate effectively with team members as well as adapt to a diverse workplace. Program will include special speakers and field trips from area IDOT contractors and trade unions.
Students will create action plans with benchmarks during this course and will be evaluated in the following areas:
- Attendance and Punctuality
- Fundamental Job Skills
- Personal Budgeting
- Teamwork and Conflict Resolution
- Interviewing Techniques
- Job ready attire consultation
- Motivation & Self-esteem
- Resume Preparation
The technical skills curriculum will allow students to practice the principles learned in the classroom portion of the program. This part of the program will include tool usage, blueprint reading, labor extensive community service projects throughout the community, and hands-on activities at various trade unions.
- OSHA 10-hour Certification
- First Aid/CPR Certification
- Operating Engineers
- Cement Masons
- Sheet Metal Workers
Work Readiness Program
- Entry level OSHA certification
- Paid to attend training
- Opportunity to test for industry certification
- Exposure to multiple career fields
- Training from industry professionals
- Career placement support upon graduation from the program
- Valid Illinois driver’s license
- 18 years or older
- Passage of a Drug Screening
- High school diploma or GED
- Interest in working in the construction trades
The highway construction program has two 12-week class sessions, Monday through Friday, in the fall and spring. The program allows for 12-15 participants in each session. Classes are held at ICC Peoria Campus, Hickory Hall.
*Funded by IL Dept. of Transportation and administered by the IL Community College Board. The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois Community College Board and the participating community colleges do not guarantee employment upon a trainee’s graduation from the Highway Construction Careers Training Program.