Posts Tagged with ‘manufacturing’

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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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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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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Kankakee Community College Receives Major Scholarship Fund for Manufacturing

August 4, 2015

Kankakee Community College (KCC) recently received $25,000 in scholarship funds to be used towards the study of advanced manufacturing. The fund was presented by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) Education Foundation. Kankakee is one of six community colleges throughout the state that will receive the fund this summer. KCC President Dr. John Avendano said, “several […]

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Elgin Community College to Offer College Credit Classes in High Schools

August 3, 2015

Last week, administrators proposed a dual enrollment plan to Elgin Community College’s (ECC) Board of Trustees. With this plan, high school students would be able to get ECC credit for classes while in high school. The classes would be taught by high school teachers at the high schools or at ECC. Additionally, students could get […]

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Fast Track to a Manufacturing Career at McHenry County College

July 30, 2015

McHenry County College offers a Fast Track program which facilitates the process of earning a certificate or degree in numerous fields, including Manufacturing Management. Certificates are available for Advanced Manufacturing, CNC Machining, Manufacturing Supervision, and Manufacturing Processes. Classes are in the evening, and students can earn a certificate in two years or less or an […]

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The US Manufacturing Renaissance, Re-shoring, and the Skills Gap

July 28, 2015

Foreign manufacturers are coming in greater numbers to the US to manufacture a variety of their products. 3,500 German companies are here and employing 600,000 Americans. China is planning to spend a good share of $1 trillion on investments in manufacturing facilities. Many US companies have been re-shoring, bringing production back from overseas locations. This article addresses […]

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Closing the Manufacturing Skills Gap in the Great Lakes Region

July 27, 2015

On June 17th, 250 leaders from manufacturing, logistics, education, and government gathered for an Executive Briefing at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, IN. The event was a collaboration between Ivy Tech, SME, the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council, NIMS, and MSSC. The purpose was to discuss the state of manufacturing in the Great Lakes region. […]

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