AGC student chapters exist at 170 accredited schools offering programs in construction management, construction technology, and construction-related engineering. Schools must be accredited by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).
CIB sponsors three student chapters to provide young professionals with the opportunity to learn more about the construction industry. Contact the department head for information on these chapters.
Western Illinois University – Macomb
Illinois State University – Normal
Bradley University – Peoria (IL)
Central Illinois Builders of AGC – Industry Advancement Foundation (CIB-IAF) is committed to supporting the construction industry through the funding of scholarships to students interested in commercial construction management. Currently, CIB-IAF funds these scholarships:
ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
Central Illinois Builders Industry Advancement Foundation Scholarship
Open to junior or senior undergraduates (includes sophomores for their junior year) in good standing in the construction management sequence of Industrial Technology at ISU who have demonstrated strong academic achievement with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and who are active members of the Associated General Contractors Student Chapter. Students may find additional information and apply here. Applications may be submitted by March 1 each year.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
Industry Advancement Foundation of Central IL Builders of the AGC Scholarship
This scholarship is intended to provide resources enabling students to pursue the study of construction management. The recipient of this scholarship is selected based on academic merit with preference given to a student concentrating in construction management. Additional information may be found here, or contact your academic advisor in early December. Applications are due by mid-to-late January each year.
Richard “Jake” Jakowsky Scholarship Fund — $2,500 annually
William M. Kuhne Scholarship Fund — $2,500 annually
CIB-IAF funds two scholarships administered by the AGC Education and Research Foundation. These scholarships are open to construction or engineering students who attend Bradley University, University of Illinois, Illinois State University, or to a student whose home residence is in central Illinois. Applications and additional criteria can be found here. Applications will be accepted starting July 1 with a deadline of November 1.
Associated General Contractors of America Education and Research Foundation
Workforce Development Scholarships
For students entering craft training or technical programs, the AGC Education and Research Foundation through a contribution from the National Center for Construction Education and Research and its Build Your Future initiative may apply for scholarships to further their training. More details about criteria and how to apply may be found here. Applications are accepted March 1 to June 1 each year.
Pre-apprenticeship programs provide an introduction to the skilled trades while learning the basics of construction through classroom experience and shop training. Topics include correct use of tools and workplace safety. Pre-apprentice training time tends to average six weeks but varies by trade.
Pre-apprentices may continue their training in an apprenticeship program. An apprentice is a paid worker enrolled in a special training program administered by an employer along with a labor organization or trade association. The construction trades typically offer the most apprenticeships.
Apprentices start out earning about half the wage rate of a journeyman trade worker. The pay scale increases gradually throughout the apprenticeship. Most apprenticeships require 3-5 years, and when completed, the apprentice advances to journeyman status. The average program includes 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 144 hours of classroom instruction annually.
More reasons to consider working in the trades
Construction Apprenticeships in Central Illinois
Learn multiple types of construction jobs at your local community college