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Education

Manufacturing career expo organizers establish scholarships

At the seventh annual North Central Illinois Discover Manufacturing Career Expo, NCRBC President J. Burt (left), IVCC President Jerry Corcoran and Expo co-chairs Jen Wier-Buck, Steve Seaborn and Jennifer Scheri announced creation of a scholarship for Expo attendees.
At the seventh annual North Central Illinois Discover Manufacturing Career Expo, NCRBC President J. Burt (left), IVCC President Jerry Corcoran and Expo co-chairs Jen Wier-Buck, Steve Seaborn and Jennifer Scheri announced creation of a scholarship for Expo attendees.

OGLESBY — Organizers of the Oct. 29 North Central Illinois Discover Manufacturing Career Expo at Illinois Valley Community College have established a scholarship that will result in $500 awards this winter for four event attendees.

The Expo will distribute $2,000 in January and varying amounts each fall starting in 2020. Recipients must be planning to pursue a career in manufacturing and have attended a DMC Expo.

Eligible Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees or certificates include Certified Production Technician (CPT), Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Electricity/Electronics, Engineering Technology, HVAC, Industrial Maintenance or Electrician, Machinist Tool and Die, Manufacturing Technology or Welding.

The Expo began with an estimated 300 district high school students touring local manufacturers before coming to IVCC for breakout sessions with hands-on activities.

Participating manufacturers were Allegion, Black Brothers Co., Carus Chemical, Eakas Corp., Flint Hills Resources, HCC, Inc., Machinery Maintenance Inc., SABIC Innovative Plastics, Unytite, Vactor and Starved Rock Wood Products. HCC Vice President Mark Lamboley of Peru was the keynote speaker.

The Expo is organized by IVCC, Starved Rock Associates for Vocational and Technical Education (SRAVTE) and North Central Regional Betterment Coalition (NCRBC). BEST, Inc., SHRM, MCS Advertising, Illinois Valley Contractors and Imagine U Studio also contributed.

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