Free highway construction program begins in April at South Suburban College

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A former student of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program works hands-on as an instructor oversees the process.
Information provided by South Suburban College

OAK FOREST, Ill. (February 18, 2022) – The Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) at South Suburban College (SSC) is gearing up for their next free, short-term program. Registration for this training opportunity is currently open. Orientation and assessment testing will take place between March 15, 2022, and March 17, 2022. The application process begins at the mandatory one-hour informational orientation followed directly by assessment testing.

The HCCTP has been offered at SSC since 2014. Graduates of the 12-week program are equipped with various skills that can lead to employment in the trades with high income potential. Career opportunities for those who complete the program include but are not limited to: iron worker, electrician, pipefitter, carpenter, laborer, and equipment operator.

A goal of the SSC HCCTP is to increase the number of minorities, women, and disadvantaged individuals working in Illinois highway construction. The HCCTP is funded through a partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), thus allowing the program to be free. While enrolled, students will be paid a stipend for each full hour of training completed.

The program will begin on April 4, 2022, and will run daily, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or GED, an interest in working in the trades, and successfully pass a drug screening (including THC). They are also required to provide a valid driver’s license.

For more information, or to register, visit www.ssc.edu/hcctp or call (708) 596-2000, ext. 3219. All orientation and assessment testing will be held at SSC’s Oak Forest Center, located at 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest, IL. Temperature checks, masks, and social distancing are required on campus. Para información en Español, llame (708) 210-5740.

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the participating community colleges do not guarantee employment upon trainees’ graduation from the Highway Construction Careers Training Program.

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