Employ Illinois workforce training programs include:

The Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP)

Twelve Illinois community colleges hold one to five pre-apprenticeship training sessions per year in which individuals receive 450 hours of 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 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 certification. Community colleges offering the pre-apprenticeship training sessions include:

    • Dawson Technical Institute (Chicago)
    • South Suburban College (South Holland)
    • Blackhawk College (Rock Island)
    • Rock Valley College (Rockford)
    • Kankakee Community College (Kankakee)
    • Illinois Central College (Peoria)
    • Parkland College (Champaign)
    • Lincoln Land Community College (Springfield)
    • Lake Land College (Mattoon)
    • Southwestern Illinois College (East St. Louis)
    • Lewis & Clark Community College (Godfrey)
    • John A. Logan College (Carterville)

For more information on enrolling, call the Illinois Community College Board at (217) 785-5003 or visit http://www.idot.illinois.gov/about-idot/employment-opportunities/specialized-training/highway-construction-careers-training-program

The Transportation Construction Apprenticeship Readiness Training Program (TCART)

Created in 2013, the Transportation Construction Apprenticeship Readiness Training Program provides minority groups, disadvantaged persons and women access to the knowledge and hands-on training needed to work in transportation and highway construction trades. TCART is a collaborative effort among IDOT, the Illinois Tollway, and Chicago Urban League in partnership with local community-based organizations and construction trades unions. This program uses a community-based approach to increase access to highway construction jobs, teaching people life skills and technical training at union training facilities such as the Chicagoland Laborers training facility in Chicago and the Local 150 Operating Engineers training school in Wilmington. For program graduates, Chicago Urban League offers job referral and placement services.

For more information on the program, call the Chicago Urban League at (773) 624-8800 or visit www.thechicagourbanleague.org/page/580.

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