October 23 regional manufacturing career expo promotes ready-to-work skills for students and community
Offering tax incentives or industrial parks are not enough to attract and retain industry in the 21st century. Local economies that can boast a competitive workforce system will succeed where others miss out. But where to start? What is a competitive workforce? When you ask that question of local manufacturers, they say that in addition to technical skills, real world skills are important on the job: Enthusiasm, productivity, problem solving, communication and dependability top the list. In North Central Illinois, a consortium of industry, business, education and community organizations decided to seek a project that builds on our area's existing strengths of the new Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) Technology Center and progressive, community-spirited manufacturers who easily envision the value of working together to achieve common goals and interests. Dr. Jerry Corcoran, President at Illinois Valley Community College begins the story of North Central Illinois Discover Manufacturing Career Expo: “After visiting the Peoria Manufacturing Expo last year with a number of our colleagues, I am convinced that replicating the Expo in Illinois Valley Community College’s eight-county district is a wonderful idea.” Since that time, North Central Regional Betterment Coalition (NCRBC) and its partners, Carus Corporation, IVCC, Starved Rock Association for Vocational & Technical Education (SRAVTE) and NCI Works have been diligently planning the October 23, 2013 premiere of the North Central Illinois Discover Manufacturing Career Expo. Patricia Walters, Expo Committee Chairman and NCRBC Board Member provided details on the project: "Discover Manufacturing Career Expo is an event aimed at bringing 300 area high school students and top notch area manufacturers together to raise awareness of job and educational opportunities, gain an understanding of training programs that are available around the area and see presentations from companies in the North Central Illinois region that are doing business around the globe." "The program is very forward-looking," said Walters, "It begins in the classroom with students conducting research on local manufacturers and learning business etiquette in preparation for the expo." Carus Corporation serves as the group’s manufacturing champion, advocating to the community and other manufacturers regarding the benefits of the Discover Manufacturing Career Expo program. Judy Wierman, Carus Corporation Human Resources Vice-President is excited about the Expo: “It is essential that Industry partner with Education to equip the next generation to make thoughtful choices in pursuit of their future career goals, while at the same time sustaining the Greater Illinois Valley area as a viable and growing geography for professional success. The Manufacturing Expo does just that; it provides a forum for students to explore a variety of career options, meet face-to-face with local employers and understand the educational and work-ready requirements needed to obtain employment in their field of interest and possible promotion to the next level on the career ladder.” The day's events begin with tours at Carus Chemical in LaSalle, Eakas in Peru, LCN in Princeton, Vactor in Streator, MBL in Ottawa and Black Bros. in Mendota. After touring one of the manufacturing facilities in the morning, the students will travel to Celebrations 150 for lunch and a short program. The keynote speaker will be manufacturing senior executive and LaSalle native, Daniel Janka, President, MAG IAS. In a 2012 interview given to the Cincinnati Business Courier, Janka said, "It is important to understand that manufacturing is no longer symbolized by the old smoke stack. We must educate [students] that manufacturing today is driven by very sophisticated computers, software and new innovative materials. Start early in the high schools. Learn math. Community colleges are an affordable way to gain a two-year technical degree." At Celebrations 150, local manufacturing representatives, including those companies hosting the morning's tours plus, Washington Mills in Hennepin, Gardner Denver in Princeton, Transco in Streator and others, as well as recent grads and educators will be available in booths surrounding the room and in group discussions to talk with the high school students about the many different career paths available in the area and the multitude of jobs that North Central Illinois manufacturing supports. Interactive displays of manufacturing products and equipment will provide a hands-on component to the experience. After the students depart at 1:30 PM, the Expo will then be open to the general public until 3:30 PM. Veterans, dignitaries, parents, vendors, manufacturing customers, partners and interested persons will have the opportunity to meet and greet our area’s industry leaders. North Central Illinois Discover Manufacturing Career Expo is modeled after and mentored by the very successful Peoria program, Discover Manufacturing Career Expo in Central Illinois. Steve Stewart, Human Resource Director of Excel Foundry in Pekin and Peoria's Expo Chairman says: "We are pleased to partner with NCRBC to assist in their first Manufacturing Career Expo in the North Central Illinois area. The expo is about our students, our families, our educators and our communities. We see this as a road map to educating our stakeholders about careers in manufacturing." "There are still a limited number of booths available for manufacturers," Walters said, "Don't wait for us to contact you. Please call on us if you would like have a 45-60 minute presentation on the value of event participation from our outreach team, J Burt, DeAnna Carlson, Dr. Conrad Spirrison and Patricia Walters. Non-manufacturing community partners also are encouraged to contact us if they would like to play a role in the Expo.” LaSalle-Peru Township High School Superintendent Steve Wrobleski and SRAVTE Director Mary Stouffer are in charge of gaining participation from area high schools and student coordination of the event. Mary Stouffer says, "It will be an enjoyable day for the students, as well as educational. There will be a grand prize drawing for one lucky student to receive a free iPad and drawings for several other kid-friendly prizes." Superintendent Wrobleski summed up the event saying: "We are very excited about launching our inaugural Discover Manufacturing Career Expo this October. We are appreciative of the support from our local businesses and the interest among the area high schools. It will be a great day for our students to learn more about the many career opportunities in manufacturing that exist here in our local communities." For further details, please contact North Central Illinois Discover Manufacturing Career Expo Committee Chairman Patricia Walters at 815-488-3256 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org What: North Central Illinois Discover Manufacturing Career Expo When: October 23, 2013, Plant tours in the morning from 9-10:45 AM; Celebrations 150 from 11-1:30 PM for Students, Dignitaries and Invited Guests; 1:30 -3:30 PM, Open to General Public Where: Plant Tours at: LCN, Princeton; Black Bros., Mendota; Vactor, Streator; MBL, Ottawa; Carus Chemical, LaSalle; Eakas, Peru Celebrations 150, 740 East US Route 6, Utica, Illinois 61373 Keynote Speaker: Daniel Janka, President MAG-IAS Current manufacturing participants: Carus-Corporation, LCN, Gardner-Denver, MBL, Black-Bros., Washington-Mills, Eakas, Vactor, Transco. Committee Members: IVCC-Jamie Gahm, Danielle Stoddard, Sue Isermann; Carus Corporation-Judy Wierman, John Stewart; SRAVTE-Mary Stouffer; NCI Works-Carrie Folken; NCRBC-J Burt, Steve Wrobleski, DeAnna Carlson, Dr. Conrad Spirrison, Patricia Walters. For further details, please contact Patricia Walters at 815-488-3256 or email email@example.com
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