McHenry County College Workforce Development and the Manufacturing Pathways Consortium have partnered to recognize National Manufacturing Month in October with job fairs, factory tours and career displays.
The national event is held annually to celebrate modern manufacturing, dispel some of the common misconceptions around manufacturing, and inspire the next generation of makers, according to a college press release.
Founded in 2019, the Manufacturing Pathways Consortium is made up of 200 local manufacturers, educators and community partners working together to strengthen the jobs pipeline within the manufacturing industry, the statement said.
McHenry County College offers several training programs to prepare students for careers in manufacturing, as well as apprenticeships where students receive on-the-job training while earning a salary and benefits. These students also have the full cost of their education at MCC covered by the participating employer.
Some of the events taking place during National Manufacturing Month include:
- Career Fair for People with Disabilities: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 5 at the Shah Center in McHenry.
- Manufacturing, Trade and Industry Career Fair: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 at the Science, Technology and Industry Center at McHenry High School.
- Career and Internship Fair: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, October 13 in the gymnasium at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake. Register and learn more at mchenry.edu/jobfair.
- Pathways of Manufacture, Architecture, and Construction Seminar: 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, October 13 at MCC Co-Lab B and 6-7 p.m. via Zoom. Sign up at bit.ly/3rl1Ezj.
- Factory visits organized by the Consortium: from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 11, 19 and 27 at 15 participating local manufacturers. The seats are limited. Register before Friday at bit.ly/3rjm0sC.