Those looking for a new career may want to check out Black Hawk College's highway construction program. The training will be held in March, but the application process starts this month with student orientation sessions.
Paul Fessler, program manager, says the 13 week highway construction training is intense, with a 36 hour per week commitment. Space is limited for the free, certificate program.
"A lot of times people get steered toward a college education and that's great for some people but not for everyone. There's definitely a need for new people to come in and take good working positions in the building trade. The construction world needs it and it's a great opportunity for the individual."
Students will receive both classroom and hands-on experience. Fessler says they'll brush up on basic math and science skills; learn the basics of reading blueprints, welding, and other skills that will help them with apprenticeships.
And, he says the Black Hawk's Highway Construction Training has broader goal. "There's still a need for a little bit more diversity in the trades. The stat of Illinois funds this in part to bring more women and minorities into the building trade."
During orientation, students will learn more about the program and take a math and science test. Interviews will be scheduled later. Those interested can register at Black Hawk’s website.