Part of an initiative that poses increased incentives for state contractors, the Highway Construction Careers Training Program at Parkland College will hold three new orientation sessions this summer for those who qualify.
HCCTP Orientations will be held July 22, 23, and 24 at Parkland Business and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign. Each session starts at 2 p.m. and informs interested residents about the free training class that is scheduled to begin Sept. 9.
Funded by the Illinois Department of Education, the HCCTP encourages women, minorities, and the disadvantaged to pursue careers in the transportation construction industry by offering 12 weeks of free training. Students gain the skills necessary for acceptance into the highway construction trades and the opportunity for a career with high wage-earning potential. Classes take place Monday through Friday, 7:50 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Parkland Business Training.
Besides supplying state construction contractors with a more diverse employee pool, the program recently began providing them with an additional financial benefit: In mid-April, Gov. Pat Quinn unveiled a new $12.6 billion infrastructure improvement program that includes a $10/hour reimbursement to contractors who hire HCCTP workers. More information on the construction program is available at www.dot.il.gov/opp/hip1419/hwvimprov.htm
Registration for HCCTP Orientations is required; to register or obtain more information, please contact Program Manager R.J. Rowland (217/353-2122 or email@example.com) or visit www.parkland.edu/highwayconstruction