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Webinar Opportunities for Manufacturing Month

Webinar Opportunities for Manufacturing Month

Webinar Opportunities for Manufacturing Month

Please join the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in partnership with the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, in celebrating Manufacturing Month in Illinois.  We invite you to recognize Illinois manufacturers, and the next generation of creators, during this monthlong celebration.

Manufacturing is vital to Illinois' economy, and we are proud of the work our companies across the state have accomplished, especially in responding to the national demands of the pandemic.
As a leader in next generation manufacturing, we are the fourth largest manufacturing state in the country, employing over 550,000 Illinoisans. 
Over the next few weeks, Governor JB Pritzker, Lt. Governor Julianna Stratton, and department officials will be hosting webinars with companies, participating in events, and thanking members of this critical industry for their contributions to the Illinois economy.  We would like for you to assist DCEO by promoting these virtual events to your students and their parents/guardians, recent graduates, employers, communities, and community colleges in the State of Illinois.
Please also take this opportunity to participate in one of the department’s sponsored webinars we are hosting to help students and recent graduates to learn more about career opportunities in the manufacturing industry.

We hope you join us in celebrating National Manufacturing Month in Illinois!
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Boss Talk: Manufacturers Round Table Discussion

Description: The Illinois Regional Economic Development Team and Office of Minority Economic
Empowerment host a panel discussion to celebrate Manufacturing Month. Industry
leaders share insights and best practices to inform aspiring entrepreneurs.
Duntai Mathews (DLM Manufacturing – Rockford, IL) and Karen Watson (International Filter Manufacturing, Inc. – Litchfield, IL)
Click here to register
Thursday, October 15 at 1:00 p.m.
Event: COVID-19 “Illinois Manufacturers Respond to the Call.

Description: Highlighting manufacturers AbbVie, ComPac and Pioneer Services, who changed production lines to meet the medical equipment or supplies from around the state.  Hosted by IMA, IMEC, DCEO
Thursday, October 22, 2:00 p.m.
Women Get Involved: Manufacturing Leaders Perspective on How to Enter the Industry

Description: In honor of Manufacturing Month, this webinar will uplift women in manufacturing through industry leaders sharing their insights and best practices. The hope is that students and community stakeholders will get a snapshot of what it’s like to be women in the industry.
Tuesday, October 27, 10:00 a.m. 
Illinois Made: Producing Illinois Products for the World

Description: Illinois manufacturing is a global powerhouse with more than $62 billion exported to 216 countries last year alone, supporting over 800,000 Illinois jobs. Jobs include the latest technology and opportunity to work in the global supply chain. Hear from public and private industry leaders about Illinois’ global footprint and its impact on Illinois workforce.

  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Trade and Investment
  • Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
  • Illinois export manufacturersIllinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Employment and Training
Attendees registration link:
October 29th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Manufacturing Apprenticeships in Illinois + ICATT Apprenticeship Program

Celebrating Illinois Manufacturing Month
Description: Join us to learn about the importance of apprenticeship opportunities in the manufacturing industry! This webinar will highlight the ICATT Apprenticeship Program, a nationally awarded 3-year apprenticeship program combining on-the-job training with an associate degree. ICATT operates across the state of Illinois and works closely with communities, community colleges, economic development organizations, and employers. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the program and hear success stories from existing ICATT partners, including community colleges, employers, and apprentices.
ICATT Speaker – Virginia Rounds, Director of the ICATT Apprenticeship Program
Elgin Community College (Elgin, IL) will be the featured community college.
Litania Sports Group (Champaign, IL) and Antolin (Nashville, IL) will be the two featured companies.

Hear from two apprentices to speak
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