Highway Construction Careers Training Program


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Highway Construction Careers Training Program


In collaboration with the Federal highway Administration, IDOT initiated the Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) in an effort to provide training and skill-improvement opportunities to assure the increased participation of minority groups, disadvantaged persons and women in all phases of the highway construction industry.  HCCTP emphasizes life-long learning and provides opportunities for further education and assistance to improve employability.  The HCCTP is conducted at ten community colleges throughout the state.  The Department strongly encourages the prime contractor and their approved sub-contractors to hire minority, women and disadvantaged individuals from the HCCTP to help meet workforce and trainee goals.  Graduates are well-trained and ready to become productive entry-level construction workers.

IDOT Training Program Graduate On-the-Job Training Special Provision (TPG)

The intent of the IDOT TPG is to place certified graduates of IDOT funded pre-apprentice training programs on IDOT project sites when feasible, and provide the graduates with meaningful on-the-job training intended to lead to journey-level employment.  Participation pursuant to IDOT’s requirements by the Contractor  or Subcontractor in this TPG entitles the Contractor or Subcontractor to be reimbursed at $15.00 per hour for training given a certified TPG on the contract.


Each community college holds one to five 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 certification, etc.

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. IDOT and the participating community colleges do not guarantee employment upon a trainees’ graduation from HCCTP.

See how IDOT's HCCTP Program Changes Lives For the Better.

Highway Construction Careers Training Program Update
Starters CompletersPlacementCurrent EnrolleesCurrent/Next Class Dates
City Colleges/Dawson Technical Institute322285137138/30/21 - 12/11/21
South Suburban College427302185217/12/21 - 9/28/21
Rock Valley College2201832798/2/21 - 11/4/21
Black Hawk College2191689588/9/21 -11/3/21
Kankakee Community College34221856119/13/21 - 12/2/21
Illinois Central College400305115117/19/21 - 10/7/21
Parkland College32025510710/11/21 - 3/3/21
Lincoln Land Community College492422208167/26/21 - 12/6/21
Southwestern Illinois College 30722110398/24/21 - 12/9/21
John A. Logan College3872999278/30/21 - 11/18/21

Due to COVID 19, the current training sessions have been extended.
*This report does not reflect participants of the SWIC program prior to June 1, 2011.


Construction courses offered in various skills:

  • O.S.H.A. 10 Hour Safety
  • First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Aerial Lift
  • Fork Lift
  • Mobile Crane
  • Crane Signaling
  • Skid Steer
  • Concrete Technician
  • Excavation
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Welding
  • Surveying
  • Heavy & Highway Carpentry


Please choose a participating community college below to obtain contact information on the program and learn more!

Dawson Technical Institute of Kennedy King College - Chicago, IL  

Contact: Lisa Cockerham

(773) 487-3692


South Suburban College  

Contact: Rebecca Garcia

(708) 596-2000, ext. 3257


Rock Valley College - Rockford, IL    

Contact: Dawson Ingram

(815) 921-3912


Black Hawk College  

Contact: Paul Fessler

(309) 796-5729


Kankakee Community College - Kankakee, IL    

Contact: Alex Smith

(815) 802-8205


Illinois Central College - Peoria, IL    

Contact: Susan Sherwood

(309) 690-6912


Parkland College - Champaign, IL    

Contact: Elise Doody-Jones

(217) 353-2122


Lincoln Land Community College - Springfield, IL  

Tom Spears

(217) 786-3675


Southwestern Illinois College - East St. Louis, IL  

Contact: Melissa Snelson

(618) 874-6528


John A. Logan College - Carterville, IL

Contact: Mark Wece

(618) 985-2828, ext. 8643


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