Training & Education

These training and education providers are partners in the Manufacturing Pathways Consortium and are ready to help you explore certificates, certifications, and degrees that will prepare you to progress in your manufacturing career. 

Aurora University Woodstock Center

The AU Woodstock Center is conveniently located in downtown Woodstock, IL and offers evening and weekend classes for adult students who wish to complete a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in business, public policy, education, or social work. The Woodstock Center also offers certificate and endorsement programs.

Columbia College of Missouri-Crystal Lake

Serving McHenry County for more than 30 years, Columbia College of Missouri-Crystal Lake provides access to an affordable high quality education on campus, online, and now virtually via Zoom – and your tuition includes textbooks! Earn your Bachelor’s degree in a wide variety of programs or pursue one of our Graduate degrees. You can also save thousands on tuition if you work for one of our hundreds of business and educational partners. Call us to see if your employer participates!

Community High School District 155

Community High School District 155 connects local industry professionals with district educators to shape District 155’s curriculum to ensure students learn the necessary skills to be successful in the workforce beyond high school. The District aims to build a pipeline of entry-level candidates in meaningful careers that have growth potential. District 155 offers a variety of technology education, engineering, and CNC machining classes. Students are encouraged to take advantage of job shadowing and internship opportunities.

Grant Community High School District 124

Grant Community High School aims to provide all students with an education that creates well-rounded, curious, problem-solving individuals.  Many students take our Tech Ed classes, which include Technology Exploration I and II, CAD (Mechanical and Architectural), Woodworking (I and II and Advanced) as well as Project Lead the Way.  We also have students attend the Lake County Technology Campus for programs such as Welding, Constructions Skills and Management, Laser Technology, and Machining Technology. Many of these students will obtain certifications. We are excited to partner with local businesses to help our students take their next step.

Harvard Community Unit School District 50

The Manufacturing Lab at Harvard High School has a footprint of over 4,000 square feet. We offer classes in Metals/Machine Tooling, CNC Programming and Operation, and Welding. Our well-equipped lab contains:

● 2 band saws, vertical and horizontal
● 3 Haas CNC spindles (2 vertical and 1 turning center)
● 4 Bridgeport style vertical mills
● 6 engine lathes
● 2 surface grinders, vertical, and bandsaws
● 8 Miller AC/DC stick welders
● 8 Miller MIG welders
● 2 Miller TIG welders
● 2 Hypertherm Plasma torches
● Scotchman 50 ton Ironworker

Huntley Community School District 158

Located in McHenry and Kane counties of northern Illinois, we serve 9,600+ students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, residing in Huntley, western portions of Lake in the Hills and Algonquin, and surrounding areas. The District has been one of the fastest-growing school districts in Illinois over the past decade. 

Industry Consortium for Advanced Industry Training (ICATT)

Focused exclusively on high-tech manufacturers and companies with complex technologies or logistics, the ICATT Apprenticeship Program is the only program that combines company-specific knowledge, theory, and hands-on learning to train a globally competitive workforce.

Johnsburg High School

Johnsburg High School has a strong desire to educate our students to meet today’s ever changing work and educational environment. Creating partnerships with local businesses and industries is an important component to giving our students diverse opportunities to develop lifelong learning skills.

McHenry Community High School District 156

McHenry High School aspires to support our local manufacturing partners by developing a highly trained and motivated, skilled workforce. Our staff hopes to provide the skills necessary and the connections needed to assist our students in finding rewarding careers in manufacturing. MCHS annually hots the MTI Career Expo and builds relationships with local partners to ensure access to internships, apprenticeships, training, and employment in welding and machining. MCHS also has an industry-aligned curriculum that yields a variety of dual credit opportunities. MCHS maintains close ties to local industry through a strong advisory board to keep curriculum relevant to the needs of current industry partners.

3,500 sq. ft. Upper Campus Advanced Manufacturing Lab
1,900 sq. ft. Freshman Campus Metals Lab
18 student work stations
Total Number of Students: 264

McHenry County College (MCC)

McHenry County College is the county’s only public institution of higher education. As a two-year community college, MCC provides high-quality learning opportunities, enabling students to meet their educational, career, and personal goals close to home at an affordable price. MCC offers seven associate’s degrees, 30 associate of applied science degrees, 69 certificate programs, and a wide range of workforce and community development courses. Students can begin their college experience while still in high school with Dual Credit and Running Start opportunities.

Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA)

Representing close to 1,000 manufacturers and over 30,000 manufacturing employees, the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) is a comprehensive resource for Midwest manufacturers looking to improve operations, strengthen their workforce, and grow their businesses. As a leading voice in an evolving industry, TMA cultivates and strengthens our members by providing them programs and services in order to thrive as individuals, companies, and a business community.

Woodstock Community Unit School District 200

Woodstock North High School is located on the north side of Woodstock, IL with an approximate 920 students grades 9-12. It is our mission to provide all students with a variety of learning opportunities necessary to obtain a foundation of knowledge, core skills, and personal discipline needed to responsibly, successfully, and respectfully interact with a global society.

Celebrating 100 years in 2021, Woodstock High School is located in Woodstock, IL and has about 1,040 students in grades 9-12. The school is home to a growing manufacturing lab where students learn about CNC/manual machining as well as manufacturing occupations utilizing these machines: Haas CNC mill and lathe, 6 manual lathes, 5 Bridgeport style vertical mills, 3 surface grinders, sweet sound system, 3 drill presses, and 2 vertical and horizontal band saws. Our mission is to create rigorous and relevant educational experiences so learners become purposeful and engaged members of our diverse society.

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