About 50 local employers took part in the Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership's Manufacturing Career Fair at MC Machinery's new headquarters in Elk Grove Village.
"This could be a 'life-changing event' for many of our students," said Mark Hibner, manufacturing teacher at Palatine High School, who attended with more than 100 students from Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 during the event Wednesday.
GCAMP is a not-for-profit organization of local manufacturers dedicated to creating a sustainable manufacturing workforce worked with the Technology & Manufacturing Association to organize the event.
The goal of this event was to help bridge the gap between manufacturing employers and young talent, many of who have two to three years of experience in manufacturing as well as dual college credit. For years, manufacturers have reported a sizable gap between the talent they need to keep growing their businesses and the talent they can find.
"This was a great opportunity for students, especially graduating seniors looking for a rewarding career, to learn about various manufacturing companies along the I-90 'Golden Corridor' and potentially land a summer or full-time job or apprenticeship," said GCAMP President Gary Skoog. Companies attending had the opportunity to meet many talented and experienced high school students eager to build a career in manufacturing, he said.
MC Machinery, a leader in EDM (electrical discharge machining,) laser, milling and press brake machining innovation, gave tours for students and parents during the career fair that included a parent information meeting.
Visitors had a chance to see MC Machinery's new showroom, which showcases its latest EDM and laser machine technologies, with questions answered by manufacturing veterans.