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New Manufacturing Facility for Rail Cars Opens in Rochelle, IL

August 11, 2014

Nippon Sharyo, a major international manufacturer of passenger rail cars, has opened an expanded, state-of -the-art manufacturing facility at their location in Rochelle, IL. According to Governor Pat Quinn, the production capabilities comply with the federal “Buy America” program, with 100% of the components used on the cars being American-made. The facility will provide fabrication, […]

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Made for Trade Tour Hits Chicago

August 8, 2014

A touring event which features conversations with leaders from business, government, industry and academia took place at Trump Tower in Chicago on July 31. This stop of the Made for Trade tour included an in-depth discussion on advanced manufacturing (defined here as the adoption of new processes, advanced methods, and technologies to optimize manufacturing). The […]

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An Illinois Valley Community College Program Graduate Success Story

August 4, 2014

Matt Dresbach of La Salle, IL was only a recent graduate of the Certified Production Technician (CPT) program when he was quickly hired by American Nickeloid in Peru, IL. While he initially considered other programs of study, he chose this route for the great opportunity. American Nickeloid is one of 14 local manufacturers that helped […]

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The Skills Gap in Manufacturing

August 1, 2014

According to the US News and World Report, many manufacturing businesses will be lacking in necessary skilled resources to replace a retiring workforce. Right now over 75% of manufacturers report a moderate to severe shortage of skilled workers and over 80% reported a moderate to sever shortage of highly skilled workers. By 2020 there will […]

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Waubonsee to Offer College Credit for On-the-Job Skills Training

July 30, 2014

Waubonsee Community College in Aurora, IL will offer up to 45 college credits for skills learned on the job, through apprenticeship, or through military service. As part of a federal initiative overseen by US Departments of Education and Labor, Waubonsee will seek to bridge the gap between learning on the job and the earning of […]

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Updates on Policy and Reports from the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)

July 28, 2014

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was recently reauthorized by President Obama. The Act aims to help community colleges in numerous ways, including increased emphasis on career pathways, attainment of postsecondary credentials, creation of common cross-program performance indicators, and increased flexibility for contracts between colleges and communities. Check out ACCT’s WIOA fact sheet. Other News […]

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Women in Manufacturing Summit Coming to Schaumburg

July 24, 2014

Women in Manufacturing will bring their fourth annual summit to Schaumburg on September 29 through Oct 1. The event will bring 300 of the country’s leading women in manufacturing to the area to view presentations, meet, network, and tour local manufacturing facilities. For more information, click here.

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Two Major Manufacturing Facility Expansions in Illinois

July 23, 2014

Two different ends of the manufacturing spectrum have have undergone big recent expansions: data and food. It is a good indicator of a positive general movement in manufacturing, for a variety of products: Leviton Opens a Data Center Focused Manufacturing Facility in Bloomingdale, IL Leviton provides high-end network infrastructure to numerous global markets. They recently […]

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Triton College Hosts GADgET Summer Camp

July 21, 2014

For two weeks in June, GADgET (Girls Adventuring in Design Engineering and Technology) Summer Camp was held at Triton College. The camp gave female students in the area an excellent opportunity to learn more about manufacturing through hands on design and building experience, visits to local manufacturers, and more. This lucky group even even got […]

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