Manufacturing CEOs to Announce New Training Program with Harper College

When:   Wednesday, June 27, 2012 10 AM

Who:     Dr. Ken Ender, President, Harper College
               20 Northwest suburban manufacturing CEO's and COO's
               Illinois Manufacturers Association


               Greater O'Hare Association

               Golden Corridor Manufacturing Group

               Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing      


Where:   Acme Industries
                1325 Pratt Boulevard
                 Elk Grove Village, IL

What:    Harper College will announce a new advanced manufacturing training program to address a
               severe shortage of skilled workers in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. A report
               commissioned by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found companies cannot fill an
               estimated 600,000 skilled positions nationwide in advanced manufacturing. The study also
               found that 82% of manufacturers have a moderate to severe shortage of qualified workers.

               Developed in close partnership with area manufacturers, Harper's program incorporates
              several new and innovative practices:

                 • A student can earn industry-endorsed skills certificates, which are recognized and accepted by local employers, in less than a year;

                 • A paid internship with one of 54 manufacturing partners. Students can earn while they learn and manufacturers can try out and mentor potential employees;

              • The certificates are in four general areas: Precision Machining, Mechatronics/Automation, Metal Fabrication and Supply Chain Management. Each certificate is "stackable" which means they merge seamlessly into a clear pathway for associate and bachelor degrees.