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Posted on: May 16, 2018

Highway Construction Careers Training Program

HCCTP Fall 2018r

Southwestern Illinois College has a Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP)

This program was established to increase minority and female participation in the trades.  Our goal is to give students an understanding of the trades within the construction industry and give them the basic skills necessary for acceptance into a trade as a first term apprentice. Our program is 450 hours of training including: construction math, job readiness, welding, and hands on construction.  It is an intense course with a strict attendance policy.

In order to qualify for the program the applicant must have either a high school diploma or GED, possess a valid Driver’s License, take a reading and math TABE, scoring at a level 8 or above, pass a screening interview and finally test negative on a drug screen.

The student, if accepted and completes, will earn 15.5 hours of college credit.  The student must score a level 4 on WorkKeys applied math before completion and score a minimum of a 70% in all program classes. The program pays for all tuition, books, tools and welding equipment needed.

The student can earn their OSHA 10 hr. and forklift safety cards, CPR/First Aid/AED card, Crosby Rigging certificate, Scaffold User card, ATSSA Flagger certificate. Aerial/Scissor Lift certificate and the HCCTP certificate (SWIC). The student, upon completion, will be able and ready to apply at their trade of choice.

If you have any questions please call Melissa Snelson-874-6528 or e-mail to

The program is sponsored by The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Community College Board, and Southwestern Illinois Community College and does not guarantee employment.


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