Today’s manufacturing industry holds opportunities that satisfy a wide range of
interests - from science, engineering, and mechanics, to areas like finance, sales, and communications. So does manufacturing hold opportunities for you?
Our goal today is to help you begin to explore the endless possibilities in our
industry, introduce you to individuals within your community who can help you
determine whether manufacturing is a good fit for you, and help you plan your
All students are divided into four lunch groups (A, B, C, & D) of approximately 100. Each lunch group of 100 is subdivided among the five Career Tracks (as equally as possible). Each Career Track group is automatically assigned to the Associated Career Track, e.g. the students in E-A are automatically in E-A*
Company Tours (departure times vary to arrive at IVCC)
Students arrive to check in at IVCC
Lunch with Education and Training, Career Track Presentations, and What's Next
Keybote Speaker, Jim Nelson, VP Illinois Manufacturers Association
Along with our many community partners, North Central Regional Betterment Coalition (NCRBC) is proud to be the sponsor of the 6th North Central Illinois Discover Manufacturing Expo.
We initiated the 1st annual expo in 2013, which took place at Celebrations 150 in LaSalle. The 2014 Expo expanded on that and moved the venue to Illinois Valley Community College. In the 2015 Expo, we had responded to students' feedback and concentrated on the many career tracks and pathways in manufacturing, such as production, marketing, purchasing, human resource, etc. This year’s 2018 Expo has added additional refinements for the benefit of students, manufacturers, our Expo partners, and our community. We are delighted to have so many manufacturers joining us this year. We again look forward to serving about 400 high school students in their quest for means to expand their perspective in search of possible career opportunities.
Our 2018 co-chairs are:
Steve Seaborn, Exelon Senior Reactor Operator, retired
Jen Wier-Buck, HR Business Partner at PetSmart
Jennifer Scheri, Director, Continuing Education and Business Services, Illinois Valley Community College
In addition to the Manufacturing Expos, NCRBC is involved with a variety of other efforts to improve our local communities. We initiated our 1st annual Health Expo last year for junior and senior high school students in our area. If you would be interested in learning more, please contact me.
Dr. Conrad Spirrison
Co-chairperson: Jennifer Scheri
Co-chairperson: Jen Wier-Buck
Co-chairperson: Steve Seaborn
Jan Bonucci, Bonnie Campbell, Pam Furlan, Jeanette Maurice, Dwayne Mentgen, Susan Monroe, Jennifer Scheri, Steve Seaborn, Jennifer Sowers, Conrad Spirrison, Phil Taylor, Jen Wier-Buck, & Steve Wrobleski