Earn while you learn with highway construction program

highway construction students creating concrete slab for accessible campsite
Spring 2023 accessible campsite project at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve

Demand for workers in good-paying construction jobs remains strong. The is a great path to a rewarding career with a variety of building trades.

Recent HCCTP graduates have become apprentices as laborers, cement masons, ironworkers, plumbers, plasterers and electricians.

A new HCCTP session begins Monday, Aug. 12 with instruction and hands-on training 36 hours per week for 13 weeks.

Interested students MUST attend an orientation. Choose from these sessions:

  • Wednesday, July 10 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 17 at 2 p.m.

Eligible candidates must be 18 or older, have a high school diploma or ҷ®, have a valid driver’s license, be interested in the construction trades, and be drug-free.

Like apprenticeships in the building trades, the HCCTP is “earn while you learn.” There is no cost to students accepted into the program. Students receive a stipend of $15 per hour.

Register online for an orientation session or contact Paul Fessler at fesslerp@bhc.edu or 309-796-5729.

The HCCTP is funded by an Illinois Department of Transportation grant. The program has the second-highest placement rate of the 14 HCCTP programs in Illinois.

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