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Oakton's Manufacturing Expo

Since 2008, Oakton's Manufacturing Expo has offered local high school students the opportunity to discover the new world of manufacturing – an industry that today offers a plethora of exciting, well-paying jobs.

A partnership between the College and local businesses, the one-day Expo incorporates speakers, workshops, and tours of nearby manufacturing facilities. Participants not only explore the field – but learn about affordable educational pathways that can lead to successful careers.

What does manufacturing – and Oakton’s Expo -- have to offer?

  • For students: Affordable, realistic college options that build from certificates to degrees.
  • For high schools: Solid career pathways to share with students who have an aptitude in STEM areas (science, engineering, technology, and mathematics).
  • For employers: Skilled, bright young people to fill jobs.
  • For college graduates: Positions at a wide range of manufacturing companies. In some cases, companies may even offer paid or subsidized continuing education opportunities to enhance their employees’ skills. 

The 2014 Expo on March 20 will welcome 450 students from Evanston Township, Glenbrook North, Glenbrook South, Maine East, Maine South, Maine West, New Trier, Niles North, and Niles West.

Manufacturing Expo would not be possible without the support of Oakton’s sponsors and corporate partners. A special thanks to all of them!

Manufacturing Business Partners

Oakton partners with the following companies and organizations to increase awareness about educational pathways that can lead to exciting, high-paying careers in advanced manufacturing and engineering technology.

Chicago Workforce Partnership
Since its introduction in July 2012, the Partnership has implemented numerous policy changes to align occupational training services with current and projected business needs -- amplifying private sector awareness of the region’s workforce resources, and leading to deeper business engagement.

Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA)
The oldest and largest state manufacturing association in the United States. Founded in Chicago in 1893, the IMA represents nearly 4,000 companies and plants that operate in Illinois, including a veritable “who’s who” of the business world. Member companies, whether Fortune 500 or small family-owned businesses, benefit from a range of IMA programs, including seminars and training, continuing education courses, and a number of affinity programs designed to help companies prosper.

North Shore Community Bank
A locally-run community bank serving the Chicagoland area. In addition to providing a wide range of banking services, North Shore is committed to making the community a better place to live through financial support.

NSERVE
A career and technical education consortium of nine high schools in Chicago's northern suburbs of Chicago, representing approximately 24,000 secondary students.

Technology/Manufacturing Aligned (TMA)
As a leading voice in an evolving manufacturing industry, TMA provides its members with programs and services that enable them to thrive as individuals, companies, and as a business community. TMA is the leading voice for manufacturing and a major contributor to economic growth and opportunity.

2014 Manufacturing Partners 

ACME
BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc.
C& L Supreme
Chucking Machine Products
DMG Mori
Dynomax, Inc.
Eclipse Aerospace
Fanuc FA America
Felsomat USA
Hommer Tool & Mfg. Inc.
IRMCO
Iverson & Company
Jelly Belly
John Crane
Juno Lighting Group

Lifeway/Kefir
Manor Tool & Manufacturing
Nation Pizza & Foods
OSG Tap & Die
Panek Precision
Quality Control Corp
Robert C. Weisheit
S&C Electric
Sandvik Coromant
Stepan
Tasty Catering
Wiegel Tool Works, Inc.
Winzeler Gear
Woodward
X-L Engineering

If your company would like to partner with Oakton on the 2015 Manufacturing Expo, contact Colette Hands, director of workforce development and corporate training, at 847.635.1767.

Additional Resources

Champion Now
Dream It Do It Illinois
Edge Factor
Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (GCAMP)
Manufacturing Institute
Manufacturing is Cool
Society of Manufacturing Engineers

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When she’s not on stage, Veronda Carey acts up with her speech and theater students.