“My whole life, all I’ve ever wanted to do was construction. HCCTP helped me live my dream!”

Sonia Shepard, Class 5, now in Carpenters Local #4, at work on the new I-74 bridge

woman in construction uniform

Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP)

Program Description

Next class starts Aug. 12, 2024.

  To register for an orientation session, call 309-796-5729 or register online.

Orientation Sessions are free and will be held at this location UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED:

Black Hawk College
6600 34th Ave., Moline, IL 61265
Building 1, Balcony, Room B-13

2023-24 Orientation Dates

  • Thursday, May 30 at 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 25 at 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 26 at 6 p.m.

Register for HCCTP Orientation

Prepare for a rewarding career that provides excellent pay and builds for the future! Apprenticeship opportunities await our graduates in a wide variety of building trades.

Earn while you learn in this 13-week class, which covers math, blueprint reading, safety, stick welding, tool skills, equipment operation, and hands-on construction projects.

The Illinois Department of Transportation created this program to prepare people to work in construction and to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged persons working on IDOT projects.

There is no cost to the program. Participants receive a stipend of $15 per hour. Up to 15 students may be selected for each class. They learn essential skills, with the goal of applying for and obtaining an apprenticeship in the building trades.

Career Opportunities

  • Carpenters
  • Laborers
  • Cement masons
  • Electricians
  • Equipment operators
  • Pipefitters and plumbers
  • Other building trades

 Initial Requirements

  • Seeking work in the construction trades
  • 18 years or older
  • High school diploma or GED®
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Drug-free (tested)

Application Process 

Applying for HCCTP requires several steps, beginning with an orientation session.

Register for HCCTP Orientation


  1. Register for and attend an orientation session. All orientation sessions are in the Business Training Center at the Quad-Cities Campus.
  2. Math and Reading Skills Test – Taken after orientation for those wanting to proceed.
  3. Potential candidates are invited for an interview, then selections are made.
  4. Drug testing.
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