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The Future of Manufacturing:
Advanced Technology Center

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In 2022, CLC is opening its doors to the Advanced Technology Center (ATC). Located in Gurnee, Illinois, the ATC will offer world-class infrastructure for advanced technical training to fill the high skill, high wage, in demand workforce needs of Lake County manufacturing now and into the future.

CLC is creating a world-class Advanced Technology Center (ATC) to strengthen Lake County’s manufacturing workforce. Located in Gurnee, Illinois, the ATC is geared to provide industry-relevant career pathways in 2022.

The ATC will become a focus of economic development for key opportunities including welding and computerized numeric control (CNC).

CLC Board of Trustees memebers standing in front of Advanced Technology Center backdropo during the Beam signing event

Photo: CLC Trustees Amanda Howland, Torrie Newsome, Julie Shroka and Paul Virgilio at the ATC beam signing.

Powerhouse Programs at the ATC

CLC students will play in important role in the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) – the ongoing manufacturing automation through smart technology.

This new era of manufacturing sees breakthroughs in emerging technologies such as robotics, 3D printing, automated vehicles and artificial intelligence.

CLC offers programs that train students in the advanced manufacturing skills employers want while providing a different manufacturing-related specialization area.

Quick facts on Manufacturing in Lake County

Sources: National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers, Center for Manufacturing Research in Partnership with Inforum (PDF)

For more information about the ATC and giving opportunities (PDF), contact:

Jon Hardbarger
Director, Advanced Technology Center
(847) 543-2596

Kurt W. Peterson
Executive Director, College of Lake County Foundation
(847) 543-2640 / (312) 218-5545

During the construction project, Power Construction will be on property directing the work of contractors. If you have a question or concern about the project, please call (847) 496-2054.

“The ATC will house state-of-the-art equipment to support programs designed for accelerated completion of coursework delivered by subject matter expert faculty that is aligned to industry needs.”

— Dr. Lori Suddick
    CLC President

“Advanced manufacturing in Lake County is not only an economic driver for the region, but it also offers a rewarding career pathway for many of our students. By offering skills development that meets the needs of Lake County employers, the ATC becomes a critical piece of the economic development ecosystem."

— Kristina Kovarik
Mayor of Gurnee, 2005-2021

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