Get the Scoop on Manufacturing Program at Info Session

Nearly 75 students enrolled in Harper College's new Advanced Manufacturing Program following its fall launch. More than a dozen have already moved on to paid internships - one of the program's hallmarks - and two have been offered full-time industry jobs.

With an eye on creating more career success stories in a field short on skilled workers, Harper this month will host an Advanced Manufacturing information session for prospective students.

The session is at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9 in Room A242, Building A on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

The program, created with an eye on training students for high-tech manufacturing jobs, puts students in paid internships with area manufacturers as part of their training and allows for the completion of an industry-endorsed skills certificate in less than a year.

A report by The Manufacturing Institute suggest an estimated 600,000 skilled advanced manufacturing positions are unfilled nationally because of a shortage of skilled workers able to do the jobs.

Students in Harper's program can complete a basic certificate in one semester, then build on that to earn specialized certificates - in Precision Machining, Mechatronics/Automation, Metal Fabrication or Supply Chain Management - and an associate degree.

The information session will cover program specifics and funding available to help with tuition costs. To RSVP or for more information, call 847.925.6940 or visit

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, 847.925.6159