McHenry County College Adds Employer-Requested Programs

August 17, 2015

McHenry County College has added new programs based on the needs of local employers. Among the new programs is a new Industrial Maintenance Certification program that was created in order to fill a skills gap in the area. The college also started a non-credited welding boot camp to provide skills to those not pursuing a […]

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Ten Things You Should Know About College of Lake County

August 13, 2015

Check out this article written for the Daily Herald by Jerry Weber, President of College of Lake County (CLC). It addresses 10 things you might not know about College of Lake County, the range of programs and services available at the college, and some of the things that make CLC special. These include: study abroad programs, […]

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Danville Area Community College Scholarship for Manufacturing

August 12, 2015

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) Education Foundation Scholarship for manufacturing is now available at Danville Area Community College! A $500 scholarship is available to district students studying manufacturing who have a 2.0 GPA. The deadline for applications is September 1, so act now! For questions call 217-443-8843 or email Click here to apply.

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Scholarship for Jacksonville Students

August 11, 2015

The Jacksonville Promise program has set up a scholarship for students in 2016. The scholarship will be $5,700 and will be open to District 117 students planning to attend Illinois College, MacMurray College, or Lincoln Land Community College. Click here to read the full article. Email for a scholarship application.

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Manufacturing Opportunities at Kankakee Community College

August 10, 2015

Legacy, the magazine from the Kankakee Community College (KCC) Foundation, recently released its summer 2015 issue. Featured in it is an article highlighting the Manufacturing Technology program. The article tells the story of KCC student Gage Kozial who was not satisfied with the job opportunities available to him, so he went to Kankakee Community College to […]

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Midwestern Manufacturing Was Up in July

August 10, 2015

July was a strong month for manufacturing in the midwest. The Chicago Business Barometer rose from 49.4 to 54.7 in July, indicating an expansion in manufacturing. This bump was based on increased production and new orders. According to Philip Uglow, Chief Economist of MNI Indicators, “the positive start to the third quarter suggests that activity […]

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McHenry County Focuses on Building Opportunities

August 7, 2015

McHenry County businesses, McHenry County College, the Workforce Network, and area high schools are collaborating on a number of initiatives to help build opportunity throughout the community. These are designed to prepare the community for the future, educating students on STEM and technology, which will help fill the skills gap. Some of the initiatives include: dual […]

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Chicago Geek Street Festival Wows Kids About STEAM

August 6, 2015

Google, City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago Public Library, and Northern Illinois University were among 20 partner organizations that recently hosted the Chicago Geek Street Festival. The event was developed to introduce kids to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) fields. 5,000 kids participated in activities focused on exciting new technologies, such as virtual reality, […]

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Illinois Valley Manufacturers Scholarship

August 5, 2015

Interested in studying for a career in manufacturing? Want a scholarship for Illinois Valley Community College’s (IVCC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) Program? The Illinois Valley Manufacturers Scholarship covers approximately 50% of the IVCC program’s cost and can be used for tuition, fees, books, and supplies. According to Jennifer Scheri, IVCC Business Training Specialist, “each CPT graduate […]

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