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 necessary when KCC’s program was filled to capacity and outgrew its previous location. The college expanded its programs, and can now offer training to more students. All equipment from the oldest lathe to the newest Coordinate Measuring Machine is now located side-by-side in order to mimic an actual production environment.

The college has been working hand in hand with local manufacturers to provide specific training on exactly what the businesses will need from its incoming workforce. It will fill the gaps that exist for welding, millwrights, fabricators, and more. According to Mark Stevenson, Program Coordinator in Industrial Technology at KCC, “The people that actually employ our people are waiting for our graduates.”

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