For the fourth consecutive year, Joliet Junior College and Three Rivers Manufacturers’ Association (TRMA) partnered to host MFG Day on Thursday, October 12, 2017.
Over 700 local high school students attended the event to learn about Manufacturing careers and the important role that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) has on their education. Students had the opportunity to meet with representatives from about 40 area companies to get an up close look at manufacturing through interactive displays.
The event was held in JJC’s new Event Center at the main campus. The program began with opening remarks from Mike Brose, TRMA board chairman and Flint Hills Resources’ plant manager. Sean McCarthy, Director, Illinois Department of Commerce presented the Manufacturing Proclamation. Joliet Junior College Vice-President of Academic Affairs Dr. Randy Fletcher and TRMA Executive Director Jerry Caamano also shared their perspective about the importance of Manufacturing Day.
Keynote speaker A’ric Jackson delivered a motivational message to the students. After the opening program, students were off to the career fair to meet with representatives from area companies. Students also played a “Manufacturing Jeopardy” game to learn more about the industry.
The event, which featured a variety of employers from Will & Grundy Counties in Illinois, introduced high school students to companies that are in their local communities. Many of the students were unaware that these companies are places they pass every day and can provide rewarding career opportunities so close to home.
Area high schools that participated in the event were: Bolingbrook High School, Joliet Township Central High School, Joliet Township West High School, Lockport High School, Minooka Community High School, Morris Community High School, Plainfield South High School, Romeoville High School, Wilco Area Career Center and Wilmington High School.