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Students become next generation of manufacturers in Illinois.

Byline: Submitted by Technology & Manufacturing Association

Fifty-one students graduated from the Technology & Manufacturing Association's Related Theory Apprentice Program Thursday, May 24, surrounded by family, co-workers and Technology & Manufacturing Association representatives at the Stonegate Conference & Banquet Centre in Hoffman Estates.

These students successfully completed the three-year program while working full-time at their Technology & Manufacturing Association sponsor companies.

Eighteen graduated in mold making, 18 in computer numerical control programming, and 15 in tool and die making.

"This program and you, the graduates, really personify the great strides we are making in manufacturing in Illinois. Illinois is the heart of manufacturing in the U.S., and I think we could also say that manufacturing is really the heart of Illinois," said Deputy Governor Leslie Munger during her opening remarks.

"With the education, training, and hard work of all the graduates here, Illinois will have a competitive advantage over our neighboring states in the most critical, number one need for companies today -- a skilled workforce.

"Apprenticeships are a win-win for both the students and the company: Students get an opportunity to both learn and earn the skills they need and companies get employees trained in the exact skills they need for their job."

Technology & Manufacturing Association's Related Theory Graduation was for students who have completed the three-year Apprentice Training Program. Students attend class twice a week for 28 weeks each year, in addition to working full-time at their sponsored Technology & Manufacturing Association member company.

During their first year, they are taught basic skills such as shop math, blueprint reading and the basics of machine tool technology. In their second year, students begin their discipline in mold making, computer numerical control programming or tool and die.

In their third year, students continue their education with more advanced training.

Certificates were presented to students for their chosen track by their specialized instructors and Montez King, executive director of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills and a member of the President's Taskforce on Apprenticeship Expansion.

"I can tell you this much; you have entered into a gateway of endless possibilities. Only 16 percent of all high school seniors are interested in the jobs you graduates are pursuing. More than 50 percent of all jobs in the workforce require more than a high school degree, but less than a bachelor's degree.

"Plus, jobs that require more than a high school degree but less than a bachelor's degree earn more money than people with bachelor's degree careers," said King. "I want to thank the families for supporting the graduates, and I especially want to thank the graduates for going through the hard work to get to this milestone in your life."

The Technology & Manufacturing Association Related Theory Apprenticeship Training Program has been assisting member companies in training their apprentices for more than 70 years. It is one of the largest, most recognized precision metalworking apprenticeship programs in the United States.

To learn more about the Technology & Manufacturing Association and the Related Theory Apprenticeship Training Program, visit
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Date:Jun 7, 2018
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