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IVCC Receives Environmental Gold Standard for Building

June 24, 2015

Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) has recently achieved the Gold Standard for Environmental Efficiency from the US Green Building Council for its Peter Miller Community Technology Center. The center is an 80,000 square foot facility that houses the college’s enrollment, career and technical programs. It was noted for its sustainable design, including its ability to […]

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Building a Manufacturing Workforce in Southwestern Illinois

June 23, 2015

Institutions in southwestern Illinois, such as Southwestern Illinois College, are doing their part to equip students with the skills necessary to enter the workforce in a variety of high tech fields. Southwestern’s Sam Wolf Granite City Campus is considered one of the best advanced manufacturing training facilities in the US, and its new Veterans and […]

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Grow Decatur Seeks to Improve Community

June 22, 2015

Grow Decatur is a community group that was formed to develop solutions to support the city. Some of the important initiatives the group has been involved with include education, workforce development, and housing. The group seeks to make Decatur a “vibrant and attractive” destination for young professional workers. Surveys have indicated positive responses on the performance of educational institutions, […]

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Virtual Interviews from McHenry County College

June 19, 2015

McHenry County College has recently launched a free, new, virtual mock interview platform. InterviewStream is a virtual mock interview tool that can be used from a computer or smartphone and will interview the participant with customizable or standard interview questions. Evette Thompson, Coordinator of Career Services at the college, said “this online tool will allow students, […]

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Skills Gap in Chicago

June 18, 2015

JPMorgan Chase & Co. recently released a report “Growing Skills for a Growing Chicago” which details the skills gap in “middle-skills” jobs (jobs requiring more than a high school diploma but less than a Bachelor’s degree). The report states that Chicago’s economy is growing but there is a lack of a skilled workforce to fill many […]

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3D Printing with Metals

June 17, 2015

3D printing has some limitations and is generally used with plastics, but University of Twente has recently found a way to use metal in the process. A research team achieved this by stacking microscopic metal droplets and melting them into a thin film with the use of a pulsed laser. With the capability to conduct electricity […]

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Illinois Valley Community College Receives Major Scholarship Fund for Manufacturing

June 16, 2015

Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) was recently presented with $25,000 in scholarship funds towards the study of manufacturing. The scholarship fund was awarded by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) Education Foundation. Bloke Carus, Vice Chair of the IMA Education Foundation, said “this scholarship award will assist manufacturing students with the cost of tuition, books, fees, transportation […]

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Plainfield Company Set to Expand

June 15, 2015

Diageo, a manufacturer of spirits, beer, and wine, is expanding its Plainfield, IL facility. The company has purchased a 37 acre pilot for $10 million. This will expand on its current location which is the primary manufacturing facility for Smirnoff products and currently employs 600 people. Click here to read the full article.

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Manufacturer Expands in Romeoville

June 12, 2015

Magid, a leading manufacturer of safety and personal protective products, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 12 for its new global headquarters in Romeoville, IL. The new 700,000 square foot facility will consolidate corporate offices, advanced automated manufacturing, and distribution in one location and will house over 500 employees. It will also expand on […]

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Big Welding News

June 11, 2015

Check out the largest linear friction welding machine in the world. This huge piece of machinery was recently delivered to Pratt & Whitney in Middletown, CT. It will be used to manufacture fan blades for jet engines. Click here to read the full article.

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