U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider will speak at Oakton Community College's Manufacturing Expo on Thursday.
The event puts students into contact with local manufacturers so they can learn about career opportunities in those industries. The expo will provide students, educators and businesses a place to develop partnerships.
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Schneider, a Democrat from Lincolnshire, says this was a key focus of legislation he sponsored as one of his first acts in Congress. It's called the "America Works Act."
Nearly 30 local manufacturers and 300 high school students from seven schools will participate in the expo at Oakton, a school in the Chicago suburb of Skokie.
Nearly 2,000 students have taken part in the expo during the past five years.