The Shift to Alternative Career Pathway Options

Schaumburg High School under water robotics team.

Far too often, we see the headline – “The manufacturing industry is currently facing a shortage of skilled workers.” Local Golden Corridor high schools have listened and have shifted “gears.” Previously they promoted college as the way to a rewarding career. Now, we see a shift to provide alternative career pathway options like Advanced Manufacturing. In most cases, Advanced Manufacturing does not require a bachelor's degree.

Girl welding.

This provides today’s manufacturers with the opportunity to work with local high schools and staff. Together they help you identify potential skilled candidates to become your next intern, apprentice, and long-term employee. If an intern has good work experience, they are likely to ask to come back for permanent employment.

Kevin Clay presenting to student.

Work-based learning experiences offer extensive benefits to both the employer and student. Employers can use this experience to develop and mold a student into the ways they operate. And, make sure the student is a fit for the organization before fully committing to long-term hire. Many of the Advanced Manufacturing students coming out of our local high schools are ready to hit the ground running and assist on the job.

The best way to see this progress for yourself is by attending one of GCAMP’s bi-annual Manufacturing Breakfasts. There you will witness the state-of-the-art equipment and curriculum being provided to students.