Hardhat in Hand is an innovative new program that will expand the local skilled trades talent pipeline, increase diversity in the construction industry and provide a path to reliable, well-paid career opportunities.

Hardhat in Hand: Building the Infrastructure of the Future

Facebook is building the infrastructure that connects billions of people around the world. That includes the physical backbone of its apps and services - its data centers.

Facebook, together with Mortenson and its other construction partners, is launching the Hardhat in Hand program. The program offers work-based learning opportunities aimed at developing the skills and workplace knowledge for individuals interested in joining the construction industry. 

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Program Features 

  • 8 week on site construction training program
    • 4 weeks classroom instruction 
    • 4 weeks on-the-job training 
  • Program participants will earn hourly wage 
  • Union career opportunities 
  • Program to be offered at:
    • DeKalb Data Center located on
      E Gurler Road, DeKalb, Illinois 60115 
    • Eagle Mountain Data Center
      Need address

Program Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • Must pass drug test
  • Background check required

Needed to Participate

  • Photo ID 
  • GED/High School Diploma, or in process of gaining GED 
  • Copy of Resume

Informational Sessions

Thursday, October 28
12-1 PM
DeKalb Workforce Development & Family Service Agency
1325 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, IL

Monday, November 8
1-2:30 PM
Belonging Center
217 S 4th Street, DeKalb, IL
18 years of age and older

Friday, November 12
1-2:30 PM
Belonging Center
217 S 4th Street, DeKalb, IL
18 years of age and older

Program Goal

The primary focus of this program is to recruit and introduce individuals to the construction trades and to provide them with fundamental knowledge relevant to various construction trade occupations. All participants who successfully complete the program requirements will have entry level skills and workplace knowledge necessary to either become employable, enroll with an apprenticeship, or continue their education. 


Submit your information through our online form or email us.



Dekalb Data

Hardhat in Hand Program
Launching January 2022

Eagle Mountain
Data Center

Hardhat in Hand Program
Launching April 2022

What is a Data Center?

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Making a Positive Impact

Facebook started the Hardhat in Hand program in the summer of 2019 with completion rates of 90% or higher. Almost all participants accepted positions with local trade partners, the general contractor for the data center, a local subcontractor or other similar company. Facebook has rolled out Hardhat in Hand across all their data centers around the country.

Questions about the Hardhat in Hand Program?

Contact us! Submit your information through our online form or send us an email.