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Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcasts on Women in Manufacturing

September 14, 2015

Recent episodes of the popular Manufacturing Talk Radio podcast address the topic of women in manufacturing. Part one features an interview with Allison Grealis, President of Women in Manufacturing, and Karen Norheim, Executive Vice President of American Crane. In it they discuss women in manufacturing and in manufacturing leadership. Part two features an interview with Teresa Beach-Shelow, […]

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Selling the Next Generation on Manufacturing

September 11, 2015

There is a skills gap in manufacturing as well as a need to tell the “real tale” of what manufacturing is, to both students and their parents. Manufacturing has become a slick, technical, high-end, and very clean industry, and it offers a new world of opportunity. This Reuters article discusses how many students are getting in early […]

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Manufacturing Growth in the Suburbs

September 10, 2015

Illinois has always been a prime hub for manufacturing due to its central location, transportation, and infrastructure. There is a lot of growth currently happening in the suburbs. Many manufacturing companies are moving to the suburbs from the city and other locations, and existing suburban companies are expanding. Major manufacturers in Schaumburg are building new facilities […]

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Joliet Junior College Hosts Discussion on Manufacturing Skills Gap

September 9, 2015

Leaders in government, education, and manufacturing recently gathered at Joliet Junior College (JJC) for a discussion that addressed the skills gap and what can be done to fill it. In attendance were U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher Lu, various JJC officials, state officials, and local business leaders. The group discussed […]

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Making Chips Podcast on Veterans in Manufacturing

September 8, 2015

This Making Chips podcast features an interview with Hernan Luis y Prado, the founder of Workshops for Warriors. In it, he describes some of the problems veterans face when returning to society, as well as opportunities that can be found for them in the world of manufacturing. The industry could and should take advantage of […]

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DMDII Pledges $500,000 to 1,000 Jobs for Chicagoland Manufacturing Campaign

September 4, 2015

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in Chicago has recently pledged $500,000 to the 1,000 Jobs for Chicagoland Manufacturing campaign. The money will help the campaign in its efforts to place workers in skilled manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016. Click here to read the full Chicago Tribune article.  

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100 Inspiring Women in STEM Awards

September 3, 2015

The list of winners in the 100 Inspiring Women in STEM Awards has been released. The award is given to women who have significantly contributed to STEM fields. The women have offered inspiration and leadership to the next generation of women in STEM, through mentoring, teaching, research, and creation of related programs. Click here to […]

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Expert Panel Meets to Discuss Manufacturing at DMDII in Chicago

September 2, 2015

Leading manufacturing experts recently gathered at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in Chicago. The event focused around a panel discussion on “How to convert Smart Manufacturing vision into reality.” The discussion was a part of Wipro’s “Smart Manufacturing – Making it Real” symposium which was held at the institute. Participants included representatives […]

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U.S. Representative and Northrop Grumman Executives Visit Harper’s Advanced Manufacturing Program

September 1, 2015

U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth and executives from Northrop Grumman recently visited Harper College in Palatine to highlight the need to train students for rewarding careers in advanced manufacturing. Harper’s Advanced Manufacturing program partners with 70 area manufacturers to help develop the curriculum and to provide internships and apprenticeships. Harper College President Dr. Ken Ender said, […]

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Quincy Launches New Promise Program

August 31, 2015

A new Quincy program will provide graduates of local high schools with tuition at John Wood Community College. The Quincy Promise applies to associate’s degree or certificate programs at the college. $300,000 will go into the program over the first four years. Applicants must be first time college students and must attend JWCC one year after high […]

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