A New Study on Women in Manufacturing

August 28, 2015

US manufacturing continues to grow and there is an urgent need to fill a large number of open positions. In addition, a gender gap exists where women remain a relatively under-utilized resource within the industry. A recent study conducted by APICS Supply Chain Council, Deloitte, and the Manufacturing Institute provides some insight on women in […]

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Addressing the Skills Gap in Manufacturing

August 27, 2015

Manufacturing in the US is growing. Technology is changing. Many skilled workers in the field will soon be retiring. 60% of the jobs currently unfilled in manufacturing are due to a lack of skilled applicants. A sample of Chicago area manufacturers indicated shortages of essential positions such as CNC programmers and operators, industrial machinery mechanics, and […]

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Kankakee Community College Manufacturing Technology Video

August 26, 2015

Kankakee Community College (KCC) has just released a great new video showcasing its Manufacturing Technology program. The footage shows students and teachers working with state-of-the-art technology used by top manufacturing companies. The program offers specialization in machine tools, welding, maintenance, and transportation/warehousing/distribution and logistics (TWDL). Click here to watch the video. Click here to learn […]

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Richard J. Daley College Commercial Features Advanced Manufacturing

August 25, 2015

Richard J. Daley College’s new commercial shows the successes of students in programs such as advanced manufacturing. It is estimated that 14,000 jobs will be coming to Chicago in manufacturing, and Daley is leading the charge on training students for rewarding careers in this field. One local manufacturer, WaterSaver Faucet Company, regularly looks to Daley for […]

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The Latest Industry Topics on Manufacturing Talk Radio

August 24, 2015

Have you checked out Manufacturing Talk Radio? The show regularly features timely discussions on the latest topics in advanced manufacturing. A recent episode addressed the skills gap. Leading manufacturing professionals participated in a discussion on how the industry is dealing with the gap in terms of retention, recruiting, and training. The recording of this episode can be found […]

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Growing the Future with 3D Printing

August 21, 2015

3D printing could start a revolution in home production. It is a low cost means of creating pieces from a variety of materials, including tools, prototypes, replacement parts, sculptures, toys, and much, much more. The 3D printers are small enough and low cost enough that they could wind up becoming commonplace in the home. Using this method […]

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Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub

August 20, 2015

Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce has just announced the launch of the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub. The organization exists to create a network for small to medium organizations and manufacturers to share resources, help the region grow, diversify and remain competitive in the changing global marketplace. The group will connect 900 area manufacturing organizations […]

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Harper Offering 3D Printing Classes and Certificate Programs

August 19, 2015

This fall, Harper College will offer two new 3D printing certificate programs. The 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping certificate is designed for CAD students and professionals. In this program, students will learn prototyping methods, design processes, and how to develop a finished product. The 3D Printing Foundations certificate is available to anyone new to 3D […]

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Danville Area Community College’s Mechatronics Program

August 18, 2015

Danville Area Community College (DACC) is doing its part to address the needs of the local community by training students for careers in advanced manufacturing. Three years ago DACC was approached by ThyssenKrupp Presta to create the program to fill an existing skills gap for mechatronics professionals in the area. The college now offers students […]

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Triton College Hosts GADgET Camp to Teach Girls About STEM

August 18, 2015

Triton College recently hosted a GADgET (Girls Adventuring in Design Engineering and Technology) Camp to teach girls about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This article tells about the experience of two local girls who attended the event. They learned to design and build their own products, used tools, toured manufacturing facilities, and listened to guest […]

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