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New Video Highlights ECCA’s Construction Trades Program

The Early College and Career Academy (ECCA) is a program for high school juniors and seniors to earn credits that count toward a high school diploma and college, all while gaining skills in different Parkland College degree programs.

The new Construction Trades Program – starting Fall 2021 – is for students interested in careers related to building and construction trades and is a partnership with the East Central Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council. ECCA Construction Trades will include a combination of on-campus instruction through coursework and off-campus hands-on instruction at local building trades facilities. Students will learn from professionals in areas such as plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, roofing, ironworking, bricklaying, and more.

The Early College and Career Academy (ECCA) is a joint effort of Education for Employment System #330 (a K-12 Career and Technical Education cooperative) and Parkland College. To learn more about ECCA, visit