The governor is touting an effort to get people to learn the trades involved in road construction. It’s called the Highway Construction Careers Training Program, operating at 10 community colleges around the state. Gov. Pat Quinn says some of the graduates are working in the new Mississippi River Bridge.
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“We’ve had lots of graduates already. I was in East St. Louis, and I met some of the graduates who have already graduated from the program. They got hired on that project, they’re getting work hours, they’re getting a union card, and they’re having good wages,” he said.
There have been 868 graduates so far, and 154 have been hired. The contractors on state projects get a $10 an hour stipend for the length of the contract for each hour that these new graduates work.
College – Starters – Graduates – Placements
City Colleges of Chicago – 87-83-29
Rock Valley College (Rockford) – 75-64-2
Kankakee Community College – 117-75-17
Illinois Central College (East Peoria) – 125-100-21
Parkland College (Champaign) – 112-98-25
Lincoln Land College (Springfield) – 138-115-11
Lake Land College (Mattoon) – 99-88-6
Southwestern Illinois College (Belleville) – 96-87-15
Lewis & Clark Community College (Godfrey) – 71-50-3
John A. Logan College (Carterville) – 146-108-25
(photo courtesy Missouri/Illinois Departments of Transportation)