Highway Construction Careers Training Program

This program is offered at no cost to participants as it is funded entirely by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Program Type

Certificate Available



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About the Program

The Highway Construction Careers Training Program aims to help women, underrepresented, and socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals gain acceptance into the construction trades. During the 14 week class, participants will engage in 450 hours of skilled-trades preparation and apprenticeship readiness training with the goal of applying for and obtaining local union apprenticeship opportunities.

HCCTP is at no cost to the participant as it is funded entirely by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Admission Requirements

HCCTP is offered twice a year (Fall and Spring) and the admission process is competitive – not all who apply will be accepted. 

  • Qualified individuals must:
    • be interested in working in construction
    • be at least 18 years old
    • have a High School Diploma or GED
    • have a valid Driver's License
    • have reliable transportation
    • have reliable childcare
    • be drug-free (tested)
    • have at least a 7th-grade math level equivalency

What can I do with this degree?

Potential Careers & Wages

Career opportunities include: Plumbers, Pipefitters, Carpenters, Laborers, Cement Masons, Electricians, Equipment Operators, Painters, Sheet Metal Workers, and more!


Application Checklist
  1. Register for and attend an Information Session when registration is open                             
  2. Math and Reading Testing – Completed same day as session for those wanting to proceed
  3. Potential candidates are invited for an Interview
  4. Drug Testing
Register for an Information Session

FALL 2023 Registration for Information/Testing Sessions is OPEN. Allow 2-3 hours if staying for same-day testing. Next sessions will take place on Tuesday, June 20 at 6 pm and Wednesday, June 21 at 10 am. Call (815) 921-3912 to reserve your spot today.

HCCTP covers topics including: Math for the Trades, Life Skills, Job Readiness, Blueprint Reading, OSHA 10-hour, Welding, Equipment Operation, and Hands-On Projects

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Steve Gadamowitz has come full circle with his training at RVC. In fall of 2022, he returned to RVC’s Main Campus as a Laborer’s Local 32 apprentice. Their project was working on completing the landscaping needs outside of the ERC. Steve gained entry into Local 32 a month after graduating from the HCCTP class; he is now in the second year of his three-year apprenticeship. 

Steve Gadamowitz
HCCTP Graduate, 2021