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Manufacturing Outreach Programs Inspire Future Workforce

image of young studentsThere continues to be a high demand for skilled workers in the advanced manufacturing sector. Despite the rewarding and technology-driven careers that are available, many students simply don’t know that such opportunities exist. This makes it even more important for educators and industry partners to align their outreach initiatives to increase awareness and generate excitement about advanced manufacturing through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education programs.
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CLC earns National Green Ribbon School award on Earth Day

clc aerial science building photoReinforcing its reputation as a national leader in sustainability, College of Lake County (CLC) was recently selected as one of five postsecondary institutions to be named a 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School (ED-GRS), announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2020. This is the first time the college has been granted this national recognition.

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WI-FI Hotspot Map for Students in Illinois

wifi hotspot graphicThrough a multi-organization collaboration, a “drive up wifi” map shows geographic locations across Illinois that offer internet connectivity options for students at no charge. The interactive map is now available and the hotspot locations in parking lots at anchor locations will continue to grow across the state.

Statewide Meetings for Draft 2 of the Perkins V Plan

The State Board of Education and the Community College Board have scheduled statewide meetings regarding draft 2 of the Perkins V plan.  One of these events is taking place in or around your legislative district.

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Medical Assistant program growing at JWCC

picture of medical studentA year after its inception, John Wood Community College’s medical assistant program has more than doubled in size, according to school officials.

They said the program has 13 students enrolled after 6 graduated last year. Officials said medical assistants can take on many roles at a doctors office from taking payments to taking a patients vitals.

“It takes less training and they can be overseen by a RN or LPN working cooperatively,” said Rose Ghattas, Director of CMA Program. “So that different skill sets can be used throughout the office.”

Economy Is Key Driver As Community College Enrollment Declines Again

picture of studentsEnrollment declined at Illinois community colleges again this fall, driven in part by a strong economy and low unemployment.

In all, 271,426 students were enrolled at Illinois’ 48 community colleges this fall. That’s down 4.2% from fall 2018, and it’s down 14.1% from this time five years ago, the Illinois Community College Board reported this week.

It’s concerning, said Illinois Community College Board Executive Director Brian Durham—but not necessarily surprising. Illinois’ jobless rate fell to a record low 3.9% in September. That labor market and the economy overall have an inverse relationship with community college enrollment, especially among adult students and those in career-technical education programs, Durham said.

Female Inclusion in the Trades at DTI


Kennedy King College’s Dawson Technical Institute (DTI) celebrated female inclusion in the trades with its annual Mentoring a Girl in Construction (MAGIC) event. Sixty four students from local Chicago Public Schools participated in a free, one-day, workshop designed to introduce school aged girls to exciting careers in construction. MAGIC offers young ladies the opportunity to learn about countless avenues of employment available to women in the construction industry and to engage them via hands on demonstrations. Students toured DTI and dialoged with a panel of industry professional women sharing their experiences about the construction trades and offered advice to help young women become more informed and successful with their respective career paths. Current female Dawson Tech students joined the conversation with the panelists centered around involvement, empowerment, and valuing women’s contribution to the workplace and the recognition of female worth in non-traditional jobs for women.

Students toured DTI’s Carpentry, Welding, Plumbing, Gas Utility and Overhead Electrical Line Worker labs, participated in hands on demonstrations and ate lunch with the female construction students and industry professionals. Schools participating in the event included Woodson Elementary School, Al Raby High School, and Christian Fenger High School.  Volunteers from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Kiewitt Construction, FH Paschen Construction, Antionette Mitchelle Consulting LLC, and Dawson Technical Institute worked in partnership to make this event a success.