Richard J. Daley College has partnered with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to provide recruitment, counseling, and training for careers in support of IDOT projects, with special emphasis on increasing training opportunities for women and communities of color. Daley College will provide training for 30 participants per year in two cohorts, and IDOT will provide more than $300k for operating costs. The program will also get input from local employers and a forthcoming advisory board.
This partnership makes Daley College the 11th community college in Illinois to participate in the IDOT Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP), which is intended to diversify the industry’s workforce as well as IDOT’s highway construction projects. The program is open to women, members of communities of color, and others from historically underrepresented communities. The program will offer hands-on training and exposure to technical areas such as OSHA 10 certification, welding, forklift operation, first aid, math for the trades, and introductions to electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, and an introduction to tools.