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Strengthening Lake County's Manufacturing Workforce

Manufacturing in Lake County Quick Facts

Sources: National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers, Illinois Manufacturers' Association (PDF)

People are talking about manufacturing

“Manufacturing provides young people with safe, clean and high-wage careers and job opportunities are abundant in exciting fields like robotics, machining, electrical vehicle production and more.”

– Sarah Hartwick, Vice President of Education & Workforce Policy at the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and Executive Director of the IMA’s Education Foundation

“As a growing manufacturer, it has been our honor to engage with students and provide exposure to the high-tech careers that await them in this industry.”

– Kimberly Wimer, Human Resources Manager, Laser Precision, LLC

Did you know?

Manufacturing dual credit classes are offered at six high schools in Lake County.

34 individual sections of manufacturing college classes are offered at the Lake County Tech Campus.

A recent survey of 18 Lake County high schools found that 8,016 students are participating in manufacturing Career and Technical Education programs. Read more here.

Lake County is home to over 1,000 manufacturers of all sizes. CLC is pleased to showcase the degree and certificate programs, career opportunities and in-demand jobs available to students, job seekers and the Lake County community.

Hear what CLC students have to say about manufacturing

View our series of Manufacturing Month short videos.

October 2023 Events

Manufacturing Month planning is underway! Check in frequently as more events are added.

Friday, October 6, 2023
Manufacturing Day

Celebrate Lake County Manufacturers!

Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Manufacturing Internship & Career Fair

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Student Street at the Grayslake Campus

Employer Registration

Job Seeker Registration

This annual event provides opportunities for employers and job seekers to connect. It is ideal for individuals looking to begin or advance their manufacturing careers and companies who are seeking interns or apprentices in the skilled trades.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Manufacturing, Engineering and Advanced Technologies Open House

5-7 p.m.
Advanced Technology Center, Gurnee
7735 Grand Avenue

Whether you're looking to start your career journey, change careers, learn more about manufacturing or check out CLC's Advanced Technology Center, stop by this open house event! You can learn about Career Technical Education programs and related scholarship opportunities, experience live demonstrations, meet our expert faculty and more.

No registration is required to attend.

Thursday, October 26, 2023
Manufacturing Career Pathways: Training and Employment Options

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 North Genesee Street, Waukegan
Or via Zoom

The manufacturing industry needs you! Learn about training options that will help set you on a career path in advanced manufacturing. Whether you’re starting or changing your career, this workshop will provide you with valuable insights.

Registration is required.

Did you know... 273 students took classes at the ATC in the first year of being open. 

Stay connected to CLC’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC)

Connect with Jon Hardbarger, Director of the Advanced Technology Center, for updates and opportunities.
(847) 543-2596 

Manufacturing Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are available for a variety of manufacturing programs.

Learn more about scholarships and application process.

Community Projects Advanced Technologies Scholarship

Receive up to $2,500 to be put toward tuition, fees and living expenses.

Submit your application for spring 2024 as early as October 2, 2023.

Metallica Scholars Award

CLC is honored to be a fifth year recipient of Metallica Scholars funding.

Spring 2024 application opening soon!


Attention Manufacturers!

Need to upskill your employees? Whether it is one or 100, CLC is your partner for success. Email or call (847) 543-2990 to learn about the new tools and training options available.

Hire a Lancer!

Connect with a talented pool of candidates. Internship and apprenticeship opportunities are also available. Email or call (847) 543-2059 to learn more.

Apprenticeships at CLC (Video)

Scenes from Manufacturing Month 2022

Manufacturing Month

Manufacturing Month Showcase

Manufacturing Month Exhibits

CLC Advanced Technology Center

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