Highway Construction Careers Training Advisory Meeting Minutes

Nov. 15, 2019, 11 a.m.

Meeting Place

LLCC Workforce Careers Center, Room 1136

Chair

Tom Spears, Workforce Development Program Coordinator

Attendees

Members in Attendance

Marc Landers-Bricklayers, Bill Frey-AGCIC, Bruce Hallam-Department of Labor, Clayton Roth-IDOT, John Nicks-Roofers, Janice Gower-IDOT, Cathy Huffman-LLCC Career Services, Andrew Fuchs-Pipefitters, Mike Goode-Sheet Metal Workers, Mike Fish-IDOT, Dave Robinson-Teamsters

Guests

N/A

Agenda

  1. Introduction
  2. Program and Acceptance Process
  3. Class Structure
  4. Training Program Graduate (TPG) Special Provision
  5. Applications, Student Placement, Career Services
  6. How Can We Improve Our Program?
  7. IDOT Update
  8. Questions or Concerns Regarding Our Program

Minutes

1. Introductions

2. Program and Acceptance Process

Tom Spears discussed the program acceptance process. Individuals who are interested in the HCCTP program call are put on a waiting list. They then attend an orientation that explains what the program is all about. If they are interested in moving forward, they sign up for a reading and math assessment test. Following the assessment, they are scheduled for an interview.  Once all individuals are interviewed, the program selects 15 people for the next class.

3. Class Structure

Tom Spears explained that the structure of the class consists of six weeks of math/life skills, two weeks of certifications, six weeks of basic shop and six weeks of universal shop.

4. Training Program Graduate (TPG) Special Provision

Janice Gower discussed the TPG Special Provision and that IDOT was informing contractors of this reimbursement. Some of the contractors do not like dealing with the paperwork side of it.

5. Applications, Student Placements, Career Services

Tom Spears explained that at each advisory committee they discuss the students who were accepted into the trades. The Career Services office at LLCC assists the students with resume preparation and mock interviews to help the students prepare for the union apprenticeship interview process.

6. How Can We Improve Our Program?

The roofers have taken five students out of this class. The bricklayers and pipefitters discussed the success of the LLCC HCCTP program and talked about the Central Illinois Building Trades and how the trade unions work together very well in this area. The bricklayers have a large jurisdiction, but they have never been invited to attend any other HCCTP program. IDOT will look into that.

7. IDOT Update

An update was given on the increases of funding for the IDOT projects district wide.

8. Questions or Concerns Regarding Our Program

There was a discussion about the marijuana legalization and that the Federal Department of Labor will continue with the zero tolerance stance.