April 2017 – Celebrating Information Technology Month in Illinois

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By Kathy McAuliffe

April 4, 2017

On January 26, 2017, Bruce Rauner, Governor of the State of Illinois proclaimed April 2017 as Information Technology Month in Illinois.  This information and a copy of the declaration were provided to the DuPage County Workforce Development Division by CompTIA, the world’s largest IT industry association, based in Downers Grove. CompTIA worked with Governor Rauner on preparation of this directive for several months.

The designation of April as IT Month in Illinois celebrates the important IT work being done in the state, and is also meant to encourage communities and schools to explore IT as a contributor to the economy and workforce, helping students to understand the growing opportunities in both technology and the workforce.

Rauner’s proclamation states that the IT industry contributes an estimated 5.3 percent annually to the Illinois economy, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), and employs more than 234,000 individuals across Illinois at an average yearly salary of $95,062. It also states that the technology industry is projected to see an increase of more than 30,000 jobs by the year 2025, including new types of jobs that don’t yet exist, due to continuing technology development.

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CNC machines at Chips Manufacturing

Chips Manufacturing: Building Careers and Success in DuPage County

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When Ron Schlager knocked on the door of Chips Manufacturing in West Chicago on a hot day in August, little did he know what a good day it would turn out to be. Schlager is the Employer Outreach Supervisor for the DuPage County Workforce Development Division (WDD), and on that particular day he’d dropped off information about the various free business services offered by the WDD.

The next day, his phone rang. It was the owner of Chips Manufacturing, Jim Jett, excited about the ways the two organizations could work together. (more…)

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Students at Manufacturing & Engineering Technology Expo

Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Expo: Energizing a Future Workforce

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The need to raise awareness about manufacturing is not news to manufacturers in DuPage County, who often struggle to fill the many jobs they have to offer. The DuPage County Workforce Development Division recognizes the key role manufacturing plays in the local economy, and has been working with manufacturers to help them address their skill and talent gaps.

As part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness among high school students of the importance of manufacturing, the fourth annual Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Expo (the Expo) was held at College of DuPage (COD) in Glen Ellyn on Friday, November 13, 2015. (more…)

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