About the HACIA Scholarship Foundation & Education Foundation
The HACIA Scholarship & Education Foundation (HACIASEF) is a non-profit 501c(3) organization whose mission is to provide on-going training and educational services to businesses and their employees in the construction related industry. HACIASF strives to promote awareness of professional career opportunities and continues to raise the bar in its goal to promote the future leaders in the fields of technology, architecture, engineering, construction & professional services industries. HACIASF believes all qualified construction business should have equal access to opportunities and education in their industry. HACIASF also joins the effort to build diversity in the construction world and advocates public policy that formally outlines the rights and responsibilities of minority firms in the Chicago land area.
The HACIA Scholarship & Education Foundation (HACIASEF) annually awards up to $45,000 in scholarships to deserving students studying in the construction field. The scholarships are presented at HACIA’s Annual Awards Banquet Held at the Chicago Hilton. The scholarships are made possible through ongoing individual, corporate and foundation donations.
Technical Assistance Program
The Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program is designed to prepare established firms including disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprise firms, veteran-owned small businesses as well as small businesses to participate as prime contractors on highway and vertical construction contracts.
Participants will receive comprehensive, customized business development assistance to build financial understanding and business plan development for increased business stability and growth in the transportation-related construction industry. Services are customized to the assessed strengths, challenges and needs of participating firms. This includes education, guidance and feedback on general business and construction-specific operations, including strategic planning and assistance with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) pre-qualification application. More details visit the Tollway Assistance Website
The Contractor Training Program
The Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) Scholarship Foundation and the Institute for Workforce Education (IWE) at St. Augustine College launched the Contractor Training Program (CTP).The program, which ran in Chicago and Aurora from 2014 to 2016 provided career advancement and training to individuals in the construction and contracting industries and offered applicants the opportunity to gain critical management skills and certifications that will help strengthen, grow and expand their careers and businesses.