JWCC to Hold Manufacturing Expo at Workforce Development Center October 24

Robotics, 3D Prototypes and Laser Technology to be on Display; Applications for Paid Training Available

 John Wood Community College will host a Manufacturing Expo Thursday, October 24 at the College’s Workforce Development Center, located at 4220 Kochs Lane in Quincy.  The public is invited to attend from 1 to 3 p.m. free of charge.

 The event is part of National Manufacturing Month and aimed at educating the region on the new world of manufacturing.  More than 17 percent of Adams County employees are in the manufacturing sector, which is full of head-of-household careers for individuals with the right skills.

 During the expo, participants will learn about the new technology used in the manufacturing industry through demonstrations and interactive displays. Robots, 3D printers, virtual plasma welding, computer numeric control machines and state-of-the art electrical technology will be featured inside the JWCC Workforce Development Center.

JWCC instructors will demonstrate how a product is taken from concept and computer animation to its 3D prototype and production using new equipment used by regional employers.

 Representatives from Titan Wheel International, Midwest Patterns and H & B Quality Tooling will showcase products and models during the expo. Dependable Education Products Company (DEPCO) will offer interactive demonstrations in laser technology, engineering, industrial electronics, advanced manufacturing and robotics. The expo will also feature Lincoln Electric’s virtual welder simulator.

 Participants may also apply for Central Illinois Advanced Manufacturing Partnership manufacturing skills training  during the expo, to be offered by JWCC.  Through the “Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing” (ATIM), selected individuals will receive paid training based on the needs of regional employers.  The accelerated training is in response to the growing skills gap encountered by manufacturers.  Prior work experience in manufacturing is helpful, but not required to qualify.  Financial support for the ATIM paid training is provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity using federal Workforce Investment Act funds.  Training qualification information is available at www.ilworknetmanufacturing.com/ATIM or from representatives at the JWCC Manufacturing Expo.

 Earlier in the day, more than 360 area high school students will visit the expo as part of a regional manufacturing career exploration effort.  From 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. students will visit the JWCC Workforce Development Center and tour six manufacturing sites arranged by the Great River Economic  Development Foundation.  Students from QHS, Camp Point Central, Liberty, Pleasant Hill, Southeastern, Unity, Pittsfield, Western in Illinois and Canton, Highland and Louisiana in Missouri will tour regional manufacturing companies including Craig Industries, Marlboro Wire, Manchester Tank, Knapheide, Prince Agri Products and Gardner Denver.

 Information about JWCC career and technical programs, as well as admissions and financial aid will also be available. 

 The event is a collaborative effort among JWCC, Great River Economic Development Foundation, Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois and the West Central Education Regional Education for Employment System #240. For more information, contact David Camphouse at 217.641.4340r dcamphouse@jwcc.edu