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MFG Day Focuses on Opportunity and Success in Schaumburg

October 15, 2015

This article highlights some of the great opportunities that exist for students who choose to study for careers in manufacturing. Gerardo Campos studied at Harper College and now has a successful career as operations manager at Innovative Components, where he oversees 100 people. The company opened its doors to the public for tours on Manufacturing […]

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Illinois Valley Community College Establishes Transfer Agreement with NIU

October 14, 2015

Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) recently signed an agreement with Northern Illinois University (NIU) to facilitate student transfers for some technical programs. The agreement will make it easier for IVCC 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 […]

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MFG Day at Triton

October 13, 2015

On Manufacturing Day, Triton College hosted a successful event for a large group of local students interested in pneumatics, electronics, robotics, and mechatronics. Click here to see the photos.

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ThyssenKrupp Presta Camshaft Works with DACC to Introduce Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program

October 9, 2015

ThyssenKrupp Presta Camshaft in Danville has developed a Mechatronics Apprenticeship program that was recently accredited by the US Department of Labor. Their two-year program introduces students to manufacturing, engineering, safety, and more. ThyssenKrupp developed the program with Danville Area Community College (DACC), and based it on the college’s Mechatronics Certification program. Click here to read […]

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Manufacturing Day at DACC

October 8, 2015

Danville Area Community College (DACC) hosted over 350 high school students from across Vermilion County on Manufacturing Day. The event gave students a first-hand look at the high-tech nature of today’s manufacturing industry and showed some of the opportunities to be found in manufacturing careers. State Representative Chad Hays was in attendance along with many […]

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Illinois Valley Community College Launches New Welding Website

October 6, 2015

Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) recently launched its new welding website. The site highlights the college’s programs that provide training for entry into the highly in-demand field of welding. IVCC offers Associates in Applied Science degrees in production welding, AWS welding certification, and transfer options toward BS degrees at Northern Illinois University. Classes are small […]

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The Manufacturing Skills Gap in Illinois

October 5, 2015

This article discusses the skills gap in Illinois manufacturing. Numerous metal fabrication plants, for example, are located in Chicago’s western suburbs. Many of those manufacturers are unable to find the skilled workers needed to operate effectively and efficiently. Gardner Carrick, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the Manufacturing Institute said, “over the bulk of the […]

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NIMS Announces a New Initiative to Advance the Manufacturing Workforce

October 1, 2015

NIMS (The National Institute for Metalworking Skills) has announced a new initiative that is designed to provide improved and focused skills, training, and talent development in manufacturing. The initiative will help to define career paths, promote credentials, build skills, and provide the industry with a talented workforce to fill the skills gap. The initiative was […]

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Richland Community College Launches New Career Coach

September 30, 2015

Richland Community College, along with the City of Decatur and the Economic Development Corporation, recently launched their new Career Coach web page. This online resource offers information on careers, wages, education, and job listings. Click here to access Richland’s Career Coach.

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For the Fourth Straight Year, Wisconsin Gains Manufacturing Jobs

September 29, 2015

According to the Manufacturers’ News Inc. 2016 Wisconsin Manufacturers Register, the state has gained manufacturing jobs for four straight years. The number of manufacturing employees has risen by 18,568 to a total of 572,189 workers at 10,694 manufacturers, reflecting a 3.3% growth. Click here to read the full news release.  

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