Explore careers in skilled trades at open house for McHenry County College’s new tech, innovation center

McHenry County College will conduct an open house to highlight programs in the skilled trades to be offered at the Crystal Lake campus’ new Foglia Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation, due to open in the fall.

The event takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, in the Black Box Theatre and Lobby area of Building E, 8900 Route 14.

Attendees will have a chance to view program demonstrations; meet with faculty, other employers and students; receive materials and resources to answer program and career questions; and apply for fall classes.

The event also will feature special giveaways and refreshments. It is open to all, including prospective students, local employers or those currently in the workforce interested in continuing their education. Registration is not required.

“We’re excited to show the community everything the Foglia CATI has to offer,” said Amy Carzoli, assistant vice president of enrollment services, in a news release. “The building itself is outfitted with the latest technology and equipment, and the courses are taught by experienced industry professionals. Our curriculum was also developed with input from local employers, which means our students will graduate with the skills our community needs.”

Programs available in the Foglia CATI include architectural and engineering design technology; automation, robotics, and mechatronics; construction management; engineering technology; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); industrial maintenance; industrial management and technology; precision machining; and welding and fabrication.

“Many people are curious about careers in the trades, and MCC is proud to offer these training programs close to home and at an affordable cost,” Carzoli said. “If you enjoy solving problems or working with your hands, but you’re unsure how that could translate to a career, this is the perfect event for you. It’s also great for those who are looking to add another skill set or advance in their current job.”

For more information about CATI programs, visit

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