US Manufacturing Grows for Fifth Straight Month

July 21, 2014

Output from US manufacturers has grown for the fifth straight month. Some of the biggest growth was from large manufacturers of aircraft, chemicals, and furniture. This should lead to more jobs, provide a boost to the economy, and many experts are confident that factory output will continue to rise. Read the full article here.

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Oakton Students Take “Oaktimus Prime” to 7th Place in NASA Robot Contest

June 30, 2014

Congratulations go out to Oakton Community College for their strong performance in NASA’s fifth annual Mining and Robotic Competition. The group, made up of nine Oakton students, came in 7th place in the contest, with their “Oaktimus Prime” (a great name!) robot. This remote-controlled excavator robot collected an impressive 49 kilograms of simulated lunar dirt, […]

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Obama Pledges to Boost Manufacturing

June 19, 2014

President Obama stopped by the Pittsburg TechShop (a business chain that provides equipment to innovative individuals and start-ups) and pledged to provide support to increase manufacturing, jobs, and infrastructure nationwide through research, education and platforms. Read the full article here.

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Another Manufacturing Win in Illinois

June 17, 2014

All World Machinery, a manufacturer of hydraulic, pneumatic and motion-control parts, announced that it will remain in Illinois, moving to a larger, more state-of-the-art facility in Roscoe. The company was entertaining offers for a move to Wisconsin, but in the end Illinois won out and the company will remain in the state. Their new 38,000 […]

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US Manufacturing Technology Orders are Up

June 16, 2014

According to a United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report, orders for manufacturing technology (including machine tools and other manufacturing equipment) in the US are up 3% compared with year-to-date totals in 2013. This article provides more specifics according to region, with some areas performing better than others, but generally shows a good outlook on […]

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Student Spotlight: Elgin Student Manufactures a Success Story

June 10, 2014

Trevor Combs entered the CNC Operator Program in January of 2014. Prior to entering the program, Trevor diligently looked for work, but was not having much success. About halfway through the program, however, he began taking advantage of the different opportunities available to him through the program. He decided to meet with the Program Coordinator […]

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IVCC CPT Scholarship Update

June 10, 2014

CPT training begins Aug. 18 but students must apply for the scholarship by June 12. Up to ten $1,500 awards will be available and the four employers are offering additional incentives for CPT graduates who go to work for their companies. Recent high school graduates, IVCC students and adults are eligible. Successfully completing the CPT […]

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Up Close and Personal

May 27, 2014

As previously seen in the Daily Herald Up close and personal Friday, 5/16/14 Congressman Brad Schneider, left, and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, right, get a tour of Oakton Community College’s manufacturing lab from Dave Geller, the college’s chairman of manufacturing.  The elected officials visited Oakton’s Skokie campus to discuss the growing manufacturing skills gap – […]

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Kankakee Community College Opens its New Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center

May 19, 2014

Students, faculty, local manufacturers, and residents recently attended an open house to mark the grand opening of Kankakee Community College’s brand new Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center. The open house gave a chance for attendees to learn more about the programs, see demonstrations, talk to experts, and tour the new facility. The new facility became […]

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