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We would like to invite you to an event that highlights
construction careers in Peoria, Illinois.

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Upcoming Application Process

 Operating Engineers #649 Apprenticeship – Openings in Oct 2015


Who are we…? Construction Cleanup

We are PADEAT, the Peoria Area Diversity in Employment Action Team; an ad-hoc committee on equal employment in the Building Trades. Our Mission is to “Facilitate education, communication, and training to enhance opportunity for union construction employment that represents the demographics of the Greater Peoria region as covered by the West Central Illinois Building and Construction Trades.”

Annual Meeting

We released our informational booklet at the annual meeting.  Please take some time to read about the exciting things that are happening!

 PADEAT Information 2015-2016

Our group of network partners includes…

Caterpillar, City of Peoria, Common PlaceCommunity Construction Outreach of Peoria, Core Construction, Goodwill Industries, Greater Peoria Contractors & Suppliers Association, Human Capital Development, ICC Corporate and Community Education, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce, NAACP, PALM/Better Built, R.A. Cullinan, Stark Excavating, Tri-County Peoria Urban League, West Central Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council, Whole City Ministries, Woodruff Career and Technical Center…… And more

What do we want?

We want to see people working and thriving!  That’s why, together we are dedicated to developing “A well-prepared, well-trained, diverse union construction workforce that reflects our Community,” and we hope you will join us!

Success Stories!

In May, the Laborers Local #165 hired ten (10) minority/women workers, 6 of which were HCCTP Graduates!

Tyra Lewis-Risby

Yesterday I caught up with HCCTP Graduate Tyra Lewis-Risby, a Laborer for Local 165 working on IDOT’s Allen Road Contract. When asked how she likes her job, she excitedly said “I LOVE IT – I work for R. A. Cullinan, and they’ve spoiled me!”Tyra Lewis-Risby

Bridget Booker

The 1st HCCTP graduate Iron Worker apprentice and 1st African American Female of Local 112, Bridget Booker, has just passed her Journeyman’s test and will receive her Journeyman’s card on September 1, 2015.

Bridget Booker

Dameion Blalock

On July 31, 2015 I caught up with Dameion Blalock who is a 3rd year Laborer Apprentice with Local 231 and working for Stark Excavating on IDOT’s structure replacement contract carrying IL 8 over Kickapoo Creek. I asked him how he liked working as a Laborer, and he said: “I love it; It’s the best feeling and opportunity in my life!” A veteran foreman on the contract said of Dameion “he’s good….very good!”

Dameion Blalock

Lisa Hoskins

Today I caught up with Lisa Hoskins who is a Carpenter and working for Stark Excavating on IDOT’s Allen Road contract. I asked her how she liked working as a Carpenter, and she said: “The HCCTP was a blessing and a wonderful opportunity for employment. While I would prefer working building construction, I’m thankful for the opportunity to work highway construction and dared not pass up on the opportunity.”

HCCTP Graduate Lisa Hoskins

LaShawn Ogelsby

Today I caught up with LaShawn Ogelsby who is a Laborer with Local 231 and working for Millstone-Weber on IDOT’s I-74/I-155 Interchange contract.  I asked her how she liked working as a Laborer, and she said:  “I LOVE IT!  I have learned so much; I don’t just do one job, I have different tasks at each contract and have lots of hands on experience/training.”

HCCTP Graduate LaShawn Ogelsby

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If you have any questions regarding registration please contact Gabe Jaja; 309.692.6400

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