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Company creates more manufacturing jobs in Chicago

Posted on October 1, 2017

One company is busy creating more manufacturing jobs in Chicago.

The city is busy breaking ground on a $45 million Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Center at Richard J. Daley College, marking the start of construction of the 57,000-square foot project that will help prepare Chicagoans for the more than 20,000 jobs coming to the region in the engineering and advanced manufacturing fields over the next decade.

“The Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Center at Richard J. Daley College will prepare our students with the tools and resources necessary to succeed in a 21st century highly-specialized, technology-oriented economy,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “We are making unprecedented investments across our City College campuses to support graduates in seizing the thousands of opportunities in engineering and manufacturing.”

Daley College students will learn on state of the art equipment, preparing them for the technological changes occurring in the engineering and manufacturing industries, as firms move towards creating “intelligent factories” that integrate automation into CNC machining and quality assurance.

“I’m excited that the new Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Center is being built at Richard J. Daley College as my father always believed in the vital role of education, vocational schools and the City Colleges in preparing students for careers in local industry,” said Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley. “This Center builds on his idea by preparing students for jobs in high demand careers and is a great investment by the Mayor and the City Colleges. This Center will help Chicago to develop many of the high skilled workers we need to continue competing in a global economy.”

The new center will incorporate manufacturing high bay space, three classrooms, five engineering/manufacturing labs, two computer labs, and administrative space as well as a pedestrian bridge connecting the center to the existing college building that includes student collaboration spaces. It will offer 1.5 times the current manufacturing space that currently exists at Daley College, allowing CCC to serve 1,000 manufacturing students per year in spring and fall semesters.

This May, City Colleges joined the 50K Coalition, a group of universities, professional associations and businesses that aim to help produce 50,000 minority and women engineering graduates each year by 2025.