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updated: 5/8/2013 11:59 AM

Want to Work in Manufacturing? Check Out Harper Info Session

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Erin Brooks

Nearly 75 students enrolled in Harper Colleges new Advanced Manufacturing Program following its fall launch. More than a dozen have already moved on to paid internships -- one of the program's hallmarks -- and two have been offered full-time industry jobs.

With an eye on creating more career success stories in a field short on skilled workers, Harper this month will host an Advanced Manufacturing information session for prospective students.

The session is at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9 in Room A242, Building A on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

The program, created with an eye on training students for high-tech manufacturing jobs, puts students in paid internships with area manufacturers as part of their training and allows for the completion of an industry-endorsed skills certificate in less than a year.

A report by The Manufacturing Institute suggest an estimated 600,000 skilled advanced manufacturing positions are unfilled nationally because of a shortage of skilled workers able to do the jobs.

Students in Harper's program can complete a basic certificate in one semester, than build on that to earn specialized certificates -- in Precision Machining, Mechatronics/Automation, Metal Fabrication or Supply Chain Management -- and an associate degree.

The information session will cover program specifics and funding available to help with tuition costs.

To RSVP or for more information, call 847.925.6940 or visit