Posted Online: Oct. 24, 2013, 10:54 am

Junior Achievement H.S. Advanced Manufacturing Careers Expo

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Press release submitted by Tawnya Hambly


Developing Our Future Workforce:
Junior Achievement High School Advanced Manufacturing Careers Expo

Moline, IL – Junior Achievement of the Heartland will help area students learn about careers and training opportunities for jobs in one of the Quad Cities' leading industries, manufacturing.

Expansion Solutions Magazine recently recognized the Quad Cities region as a 2013 Top 5 Advanced Manufacturing Community. Junior Achievement is a community partner that helps increase student awareness of career opportunities in our community and equips them the knowledge and skills they need to successfully pursue those careers.

The JA High School Advanced Manufacturing Careers Expo will take place:

Friday, October 25, 2013
John T. Blong Technology Center, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
8500 Hillandale Road, Davenport

Get a sneak peak!
Click on the following link to watch highlights of the 2010 JA High School Advanced Manufacturing Careers Expo in action.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDspPV0N3zA

Students from 14 area high schools are scheduled to attend the 2013 event.

During the Expo students will:
Learn about career options in advanced manufacturing.
Receive hands-on experience with equipment used on the job.
Speak with instructors and career counselors from the John T. Blong Technology Center regarding education, training, financial assistance, and skills required for the job.

Areas of focus include:
CNC/Machining
Electromechanical
Logistics
Mechanical Design/Pro-E
Renewable Energy
Truck Driving
Welding

This project was developed based two community needs:

Retain and attract a skilled workforce for the Quad Cities and surrounding communities.
Provide career exploration programs that educate students about career options that do not require a four-year college degree.

The goal of the Expo is to help students interested in the advanced manufacturing industry learn about the local opportunities available in this specific field and to increase participation in area training programs.

More than 800 students from area high schools have attended the Expo when it was piloted in 2010. The results have been overwhelmingly positive.

Of the students with little interest in Advanced Manufacturing before the Expo, nearly 20% walked away saying they now planned to pursue a career in this field.
Of the students already interested in Advanced Manufacturing, nearly 65% said the Expo gave them the information they need to take the next steps in pursuing a career in this area.

The Expo is sponsored by: Alcoa, Cobham, and Parr Instruments.