Black Hawk College graduates construction program students

Recent graduates of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) at Black Hawk College Pictured from left to right are: Sabrina Strong of East Moline, Heaven Jones of Davenport, Briana Nims of Silvis, Holly Douglas of Rock Island, Ethan Griffiths of Davenport, Jesus Francisco of Colona, Andrew Barnes of Moline and Alec Hinton of Davenport. 

Black Hawk College students recently graduated from the Illinois Department of Transportation’s  Highway Construction Careers Training Program or HCCTP. 

The program is 450 hours of training to prepare people to work in construction and to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged persons working on IDOT projects.

 With four women graduating, this class had the most female students since the program began at Black Hawk College in 2014. There is no cost to participants who are selected for the program. Students in the Fall 2024 class will receive a stipend of $15 per hour. 

 The Black Hawk College program has the second-highest placement rate of the 14 HCCTP programs in Illinois. Of the last 38 BHC graduates, 71 percent have become apprentices.  The next program begins Monday, Aug. 12 with orientation sessions May 30, June 25 or June 26.

 For more information, call 309-796-5729 or visit

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