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 twelve 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.

For more information regarding the Highway Construction Careers Training Program, click here.

Highway Construction Careers Training Program Update
 StartersCompletersPlacementsCurrent/Next Class Dates
City Colleges/Dawson Technical Institute20117095151/17/17 to 5/19/17
South Suburban College20713683212/27/17 to 5/19/17
Rock Valley College16913811112/20/17 to 5/26/17
Black Hawk College1128125133/6/17 to 6/1/17
Kankakee Community College25115142163/1/17 to 5/5/17
Illinois Central College27721367152/20/17 to 5/12/17
Parkland College22718257132/28/17 to 6/2/17
Lincoln Land Community College31225194162/13/17 to 6/29/17
Lake Land College12310317 Transitioned to Richland
Richland Community College59338153/20/17 to 6/15/17
Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC)*20816265101/26/17 to 5/18/17
Lewis & Clark Community College18411527121/30/17 to 5/13/17
John A. Logan College29121457142/27/17 to 5/12/17

*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


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

Dawson Technical of Kennedy King College - Chicago, IL  

Contact: Krys Stokes

(773) 487-3692


South Suburban College  

Alex Smith

(708) 225-6004


Rock Valley College - Rockford, IL    

Contact: Scott Abbott

(815) 921-3912


Black Hawk College  

Contact: Paul Fessler

(309) 796-5729


Kankakee Community College - Kankakee, IL    

Contact: John Willard

(815) 802-8205


Illinois Central College - Peoria, IL    

Contact: Monica Arbuckle

(309) 690-6912


Parkland College - Champaign, IL    

Contact: RJ Rowland

(217) 353-2122


Lincoln Land Community College - Springfield, IL  

Tom Spears

(217) 786-3675


Richland Community College - Decatur, IL

Contact: Seth Brozio

(217) 875-7211 ext. 321


Southwestern Illinois College - East St. Louis, IL  

Contact: Melissa Snelson

(618) 874-6528


Lewis & Clark Community College - Godfrey, IL  

Contact: Jeremy Elledge

(618) 468-4149


John A. Logan College - Carterville, IL

Contact: Amy Biley

(618) 985-2828 ext. 8264


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