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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Job Search Success Story

Building a Better Life in a New Country: A Success Story

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The star of this job search success story is Jean-Pierre Mbetu Nkanga, who received a grant for CNC machine training, as well as other employment services from the DuPage County Workforce Development Division, located in the workNet DuPage Career Center in Lisle, IL.

When Jean-Pierre Mbetu Nkanga first came in to the workNet DuPage Career Center, he was, as would be expected, somewhat discouraged. He needed to find a way to make a better living than the $10.00/hr. he had most recently been making.

Nevertheless, Jean-Pierre managed to remain positive. He never lost sight of the ultimate goal — completing school to upgrade his skills, and getting back to work. To say the least, this was not easy to do, with a wife and four children depending on him. (more…)

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