On October 18th and 19th, the Greater Peoria EDC will host our 8th Annual Make Yourself Manufacturing Expo at Peoria Public School’s Woodruff Career and Technical Center. During the event, 430 8th grade students engage in hands-on activities at 9 different stations to learn about critically needed manufacturing careers including welding, machining, fabrication, and more! These 8th graders will get to work with 3D printers, welding simulators, and even get the chance to talk with industry representatives in each of those careers to learn more about the specific skill set each career entails.
The following week, 1,000 high school students who have an interest in manufacturing careers will tour local manufacturing facilities and see first-hand what it’s like to work in the industry today. Like the 8th graders, high schoolers will get to experience the different critically needed careers and gain a more in-depth experience into the world of manufacturing. Participating tour sites include Caterpillar’s Tech Center, Excel Foundry, Komatsu, and more!
While we have seen a recent contraction in our regional manufacturing cluster,
the projected demand for manufacturing and STEM careers in GP over the next decade is significant. Providing these experiences for middle and high school students is a critical part of developing a future talent pipeline for regional employers and making sure every student in our region has a great career opportunity in their future!
The Make Yourself Manufacturing Expo and Tours are sponsored in part by the Gene Haas Foundation, Excel Foundry, Illinois Corn Processing, and Morton Community Bank.