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The Highway Construction Careers Training Program is a pre-apprenticeship program. The program does not train you in a specific trade but will:
An apprenticeship is a legal agreement to work for a Trade Union for a specific amount of time in return for instruction in that trade. Many times it is described as “earn while you learn.”
Nothing! Apprenticeships are funded by the members who work for that specific local union. Any apprentice training received will be provided at no direct cost to the apprentice.
The first six weeks will be in the classroom for:
The last nine weeks will be “Hands-on Training” consisting of:
Nothing! The Highway Construction Careers Training Program is fully funded by a grant from the Department of Transportation and administered by the Illinois Community College Board.
This is true. Students enrolled in the Highway Construction Careers Training Program will receive a stipend of $10/hour (paid weekly).
The Highway Construction Careers Training Program has two classes each year.
If you are afraid of hard work, cannot be punctual, don’t like to get dirty, can’t tolerate the heat and/or cold, are not ambitious, cannot follow rules, are afraid of heights, or cannot pass a drug test; then the Highway Construction Careers Training Program is not for you.
When you come to your interview you need to bring:
Other than jeans that are free from rips or tears, everything the student will need is provided by the grant. This includes pens, pencils, paper, books, work boots, tools, etc. In other words, if we think you’ll need it, we will provide it for you.
Yes, there are two tests you have to pass to be accepted into the program:
Yes. If you do not pass the math and reading test you may re-apply for the next class. However, you cannot just simply re-test the next time testing is offered. You must attend the Orientation again.
Yes. The Highway Construction Careers Training Program has a very strict “No Fault Attendance Policy,” which means that students are penalized for being absent or late, regardless of the reason or who is at fault. Attendance points are given for each occurence (2 for a late arrival, 3 for an absence, & 6 for a “no call, no show”). When a student receives 12 attendance points he/she is expelled from the program.
Yes. Students will earn certifications in all of the Construction Site Safety Classes, Equipment Training classes, and Flagger Training.
Students will have the opportunity to pass a welding test for an additional Certification and will also be given the Work Keys test that gives the student the opportunity to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate.
Students that successfully complete the program will also receive a Graduation Certificate.
No. The program will give you the knowledge and skills necessary for you to get yourself into an apprenticeship program. We will provide any assistance we can to help you achieve your goals.
The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois Community College Board, and the participating community colleges do not guarantee employment upon trainees' graduation from the Highway Construction Careers Training Program.