Highway Construction Careers Training Program at Rock Valley College: Building Skills and Community

Posted on Mar 11, 2020


The Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Transportation to increase the rate of women and minorities entering into the construction skilled-trades.

Rock Valley College offers an intense 14-week curriculum through which students earn 450 hours of apprenticeship readiness training. The HCCTP allows participants the opportunity to boost their skills to become more marketable post-graduation, gain knowledge necessary to move forward with specific career goals, and exposes them to the 17 different trade unions in Northern Illinois.

Community members such as union business representatives, training coordinators, and area contractors all participate in the program, understanding that these students bring credibility to an application and/or job opportunity. 

As part of the program, the students engage in community-building efforts such as volunteering at the Rockford Area and Belvidere Habitat for Humanity projects and teaming up with Midway Village Museum to help maintain some of its late 19th century and early 20th century facades.

Recently, students also had the opportunity to lead a concrete project at the Plumbers, Pipefitters, HVAC and Refrigeration Local 23 Training Center.  With aid from Carpenters Local 792 and Cement Masons Local 11, students excavated, graded, reinforced, formed out, poured and finished the pads to provide access to the center’s storage containers. 

These opportunities build skills for our students, relationships within our community and provide a practical means of using those skills and relationships to the benefit of our region.

Learn more about the program and find out when their next information session will be held: rockvalleycollege.edu/HCCTP.

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