Manufacturing Day at JJC Shows Young Students Opportunities for STEM Careers

The Three Rivers Manufacturers’ Association (TRMA) and Joliet Junior College are partnering to host local high school students as part of their third annual Manufacturing Day event on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at JJC’s Main Campus. Approximately 700 students from 10 schools across Will and Grundy counties will meet with more than two dozen different organizations to learn more about careers in the manufacturing industry.

Student try the virtual welder at Manufacturing Day 2015.

Student try the virtual welder at Manufacturing Day 2015.

“This event is about companies reaching tomorrow’s workforce at an early age,” said Jeff White, TRMA board chairman and Chief Operating Officer for Aux Sable Liquid Products.  “We want to open their minds to the world of manufacturing and inspire them to take a path that will lead them to a rewarding and successful career.”

Some of the companies that will be part of Manufacturing Day include CITGO Lemont Refinery, the Dow Chemical Company, Exelon Generation, LyondellBasell, Nalco, WeatherTech, and many more.

Students will play a “Manufacturing Jeopardy” game, participate in a career fair to receive an up-close look at technology that drives today’s manufacturing industry, and attend a seminar highlighted by keynote speaker  and comedian David Edward Garcia.

See photos from the 2015 event 

“As an institution, we truly value our external partnerships—especially the collaboration we have with TRMA to host this event,” Joliet Junior College President Dr. Judy Mitchell said. “It’s critical to expose younger students to STEM industries and career opportunities in our district that are stable, well-paying, and rewarding. The college will continue to support events and initiatives that meet this goal while generating successful students and an educated, skilled workforce.”

According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), eighty percent of manufacturers cannot find the skilled workers they need and this gap continues to widen. The Manufacturing Day event is part of a nationwide grassroots movement by NAM to raise awareness about careers in the manufacturing industry to local students. In 2016, more than 1,000 local Manufacturing Day events will be held in 49 states in the U.S., as well as in Canada and Mexico.

 About Three Rivers Manufacturers’ Association

Since its inception in 1933, TRMA has been serving and promoting manufacturing in our region. Manufacturing remains strong in Will and Grundy counties with over 20,000 jobs that pay the second highest wages of any economic sector. In addition, every manufacturing job is responsible for 3.6 other jobs in sectors servicing manufacturing. TRMA members have an annual payroll of $700 million plus local purchases of over $500 million, a major boost to the local economies.

For more information, contact Jerry Caamano at 815-774-6070 or

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