Highway Construction Careers Training Program

 Frequently Asked Questions

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What type of training is the Highway Construction Careers Training Program?

The Highway Construction Careers Training Program is a pre-apprenticeship program. The program does not train you in a specific trade but will:

  • Improve your math skills.
  • Teach you how to read a tape measure.
  • Give you experience operating power tools.
  • Teach you how to work and thrive on a construction job.
  • Educate you about the different trade unions and the entrance requirements and procedures of each specific trade.
What is an apprenticeship?

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.”

How much will an apprenticeship cost me?

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.

What type of training would I receive in the Highway Construction Careers Training Program?

The first six weeks will be in the classroom for:

  • Math for the Trades.
  • Life Skills.
  • Construction Site Safety (OSHA 30, First Aid/CPR/AED/Blood Borne Pathogens, and Hazardous Material Handling)
  • Equipment Training (Aerial Lift, Scissor Lift, Skid Steer, Backhoe/End Loader, Crane Safety & Rigging, Crane Signaling, Extended Reach Fork Lift, and Fork Lift).
  • Flagger Training.

The last nine weeks will be “Hands-on Training” consisting of:

  • General Construction:
    Students will work on group construction projects (mainly concrete & carpentry) that teach the students how to use power tools, and how to work and succeed in a construction-type environment.
  • Skilled Trades Training:
    Students will spend 56 hours in an introduction to SMAW (stick) welding course, and 72 hours in a course that instructs the student on the basic skills of plumbing, electrical, and sheet metal.
How much does the Highway Construction Careers Training Program cost?

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.

I heard the Highway Construction Careers Training Program is a paid training program, is this true?

This is true. Students enrolled in the Highway Construction Careers Training Program will receive a stipend of $10/hour (paid weekly).

How often is the Highway Construction Careers Training Program offered?

The Highway Construction Careers Training Program has two classes each year.

  1. The first class will start in March (end in June) with Orientations held at the end of January.
  2. The second class will start in August (end in November) with Orientations held at the end of June.
Who should not try to enroll into the Highway Construction Careers Training Program?

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.

What documents do I need to provide before I can enroll into the Highway Construction Careers Training Program?

When you come to your interview you need to bring:

  • Your valid driver’s license.
  • Official High School/G.E.D. Transcripts.
  • Your birth certificate.
What do I need to buy if I am accepted into the Highway Construction Careers Training Program?

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.

Do I have to pass a test to be accepted into the Highway Construction Careers Training Program?

Yes, there are two tests you have to pass to be accepted into the program:

  1. Approximately two weeks after the Orientation, applicants will take a math and reading test. To be considered for the Highway Construction Careers Training Program applicants must score at or above a 7th grade level on both tests.
  2. Candidates are also required to pass one drug test before enrollment and (at least) one random drug test during the program.
If I fail the math and reading test, can I re-apply?

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.

Does the Highway Construction Careers Training Program have an attendance policy?

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.

Do I earn any type of certifications in the Highway Construction Careers Training 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.

Is there job placement?

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.

 

For more information or to register, please contact:
R.J. Rowland, Program Manager
Highway Construction Careers Training Program
217/353-2122 • rrowland@parkland.edu

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.

 

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