PRINCETON — The North Central Illinois Discover Manufacturing Career Expo is set for Wednesday with tours of five area businesses.
Plant tours are scheduled for 9 to 10:45 a.m. at LCN in Princeton; Black Bros. in Mendota; Vactor in Streator; MBL in Ottawa; Carus Chemical in LaSalle; and Eakas in Peru.
Also, students, dignitaries and invited guests will be at Celebrations 150, east of Utica, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with the general public invited from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The keynote speaker for this portion of the day will be Daniel Janka, president of MAG-IAS.
Looking at the origin of Wednesday’s event, Jerry Corcoran, president at Illinois Valley Community College, said he had visited the Peoria Manufacturing Expo last year with a number of college colleagues and came away convinced that replicating the expo in IVCC’s eight-county district would be a great idea.
Since that time, North Central Regional Betterment Coalition (NCRBC) and its partners, Carus Corporation, IVCC, Starved Rock Association for Vocational & Technical Education (SRAVTE) and NCI-Works. have worked together to plan Wednesday’s event.
According to Expo Committee chairman Patricia Walters, Wednesday’s program is “very forward-looking”, beginning in the classroom with students conducting research on local manufacturers and learning business etiquette in preparation for the Expo.
As reported earlier in the Bureau County Republican, the Manufacturing Expo provides a forum for 300 high school students to explore a variety of career options, meet face-to-face with local employers and understand the educational and work-ready requirements needed to obtain employment and possible promotion in their field of interest.
LaSalle-Peru Township High School Superintendent Steve Wrobleski and SRAVTE Director Mary Stouffer have been in charge of gaining participation from area high schools and student coordination of the event.
“It will be an enjoyable day for the students, as well as educational,” Stouffer said. “There will also be a grand prize drawing for one lucky student to receive a free iPad and drawings for several other kid-friendly prizes.”