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KCC and NIU create new degree pathways

November 4, 2015

Kankakee Community College (KCC) recently signed an agreement with Northern Illinois University (NIU) to facilitate student transfers for some technical programs. The agreement will make it easier for KCC manufacturing and technology students to continue on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree at NIU’s Applied Manufacturing Technology program (in the College of Engineering and […]

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Opportunity 3000: Career Success in Kankakee County Video

October 29, 2015

There are more career opportunities in Kankakee County than there are skilled workers to fill the positions. The video Opportunity 3000: Career Success in Kankakee County, from the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County, features local industry leaders discussing the 3000 open jobs, the types of job openings, the necessary education and skill sets, potential salaries, […]

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Success in the New Economy Video

October 28, 2015

The video “Success in the New Economy” details how expectations need to be altered to better align education and the needs of the workplace. Many jobs no longer require a four year degree, but need a combination of higher education, skilled training and experience. The hands-on training and certification programs available in community colleges from groups like INAM (Illinois […]

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Advanced Flexible Components Expands Facility

October 27, 2015

Another Illinois manufacturing company is expanding. Advanced Flexible Components, a leading manufacturer of silicone, PTFE coated belting and fabrics, recently expanded its manufacturing facility. The expansion will help to accommodate the growth of the company’s coatings and food services business. The Lake in the Hills facility expansion will add another 37,000 square feet of space. […]

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MFG Talk Radio Podcast on an Untapped Talent Pool to Fill the Skills Gap

October 26, 2015

The latest MFG Talk Radio episode discusses a relatively untapped resource that could help to fill the skills gap in manufacturing: Americans with disabilities. Industry experts and professionals provide valuable insight on the opportunities available to both companies and employees if this talent pool is properly utilized. The episode addresses recruitment, employment practices, access, engagement […]

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Discover Manufacturing Career Expo in Peoria

October 23, 2015

The seventh annual Discover Manufacturing Career Expo recently took place at the Woodruff Career and Technical Center in Peoria. The event taught students about careers in manufacturing and opportunities that are available. Hundreds of high school students and eighth graders viewed demonstrations, met professionals, had hands-on experiences with welding, robotics, and a Caterpillar simulator and […]

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MFG Talk Radio Episode on Global Business

October 21, 2015

The latest Manufacturing Talk Radio podcast looks at global business surveys. Norbert Orr, Director and Head of Industry Surveys for Strategas Research Partners, discusses global manufacturing performance and purchasing manager index reports. Click here to listen to the podcast.

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Danville Area Community College Introduces Phoenix Program

October 20, 2015

Danville Area Community College (DACC) has an new program that offers a second chance for those who have dropped out of high school but want to continue their education and job skills training. The Phoenix Program was co-developed with Danville District 118. It provides students with a chance to earn their GED, 11 credit hours, […]

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Manufacturers and Colleges Work Together on Career Pathways

October 19, 2015

Skilled workers are desperately needed in manufacturing due to growth, a retiring workforce, and reshoring. This article explains how many manufacturers are collaborating with local community colleges to develop career pathways and training opportunities to get students trained and working as soon as possible. Elgin Community College (ECC), for example, has trained students for careers […]

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MFG Day at Southwestern Illinois College

October 16, 2015

Southwestern Illinois College recently hosted a successful event on MFG Day. Over 500 local high school students attended from 16 area schools. Students visited company exhibitor booths, toured the college’s manufacturing labs and 11 local manufacturing facilities, and met with industry professionals and faculty. State Representative Daniel V. Beiser attended the event, as did the […]

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