On the GCAMP Calendar of Events you will find:

  • Career/Job Fairs – These are hiring events, often held in anticipation of an upcoming high school or community college graduation, meant to help graduating students find jobs.   Manufacturers - find your next employees here!
  • Career Expos - (also sometimes called Showcases or Trades Fairs) These events are slightly different from job fairs.   They are geared towards younger students to encourage them to pursue a career in industry.   The students at these events are not seeking jobs yet, but they are looking for information about possibly pursuing careers in industry.   Manufacturers are invited to these events to introduce the next generation to the field of manufacturing. 
  • Mock Interviews -These events are for students to learn interviewing skills.  Industry professionals are needed to help conduct the mock interviews, and employers sometimes find potential real-life hires at mock interviews.
  • Advisory Meetings – These meetings allow industry experts an opportunity to give their input on how educators can refine their programs for current trends and technology.  These are great events to connect industry with education.
  • Competition Judge Requests – Student skills competitions are great ways for members of industry to meet skilled students and educators.  Plus, they are often a fun way for those in industry to volunteer their time and give back to the community. 
  • Awards & Scholarships - Awards refer to contests or competitions for people, frequently students, in manufacturing.  Scholarships on our page are for students to help fund their education beyond high school.   See the scholarship descriptions for more details. 

Do you have an upcoming event that you would like us to add to the GCAMP Events calendar?  Tell us about it! 

Upcoming Events

Wheeling HS

Wheeling High School Manufacturing Hiring Event

During this event, you will have at least one interview opportunity with a student who is looking for a career in manufacturing. To keep this event going smoothly, we ask for you to keep this initial interview to 10-15 minutes. Other than that, you have complete autonomy in the interview process. We are hoping, if you do hire a student, to have a "Signing Day" in May that will highlight their accomplishments and your support as well. 

While you are not in an interview, we ask you to walk around the shop and interact with our students. They will be on machines and demonstrating their skills/knowledge and discussing projects that they have worked on in class. I hope this is a great way to bridge and build connections with you and our students.


If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP by filling out this google form. I ask you to be as transparent as possible so that we can do our best to schedule your interview with a student who is looking for that specific employment opportunity.


If you have any questions, please let me know.


Thank you!


Eric Race

Technology Education Teacher

Next Generation of Engineers Instructor

High Mileage Vehicle Sponsor

Wheeling High School


April 5th, 2023 11:30 AM - April 5th, 2023 01:00 PM

Wheeling High School, 900 S Elmhurst Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090

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Waubonsee Community College

VALEES Welding and Fabrication Challenge

VALEES is excited to invite you to participate, as a judge, in the Welding and Fabrication Challenge on Friday, April 14 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (lunch included) at Waubonsee Community College Plano Campus (100 Waubonsee Dr. Plano, IL). This is an opportunity to share your industry experience and knowledge with welding students. If you yourself do not weld, but have a colleague that does, please pass this invitation on to them!

We are seeking judges for all four welding processes! Schools participating include East Aurora High School, Fox Valley Career Center, Oswego High School and West Aurora Weisner Center. 


RSVP by emailing Josi Moran Please include the process you prefer to judge.


If you’ve never judged before, please join us. It’s a great event and opportunity to meet the future of the welding workforce!


Thank you in advance for your consideration. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Josi at the email above. 

April 14th, 2023 08:30 AM - April 14th, 2023 01:00 PM

Waubonsee Community College Plano Campus,100 Waubonsee Dr. Plano, IL

D211 Job Fair Flier 2023

D211 Job Fair

Township High School District 211 will be holding our first annual D211 Senior Job Fair for our graduating seniors from Palatine, Fremd, Conant, Schaumburg, Higgins, North Campus and Hoffman Estates High Schools that are planning to go directly into the workforce after graduation and are looking for full-time, entry-level positions. 


If your company is looking to hire high school graduates for entry-level positions, we would like to invite you to fill out the application to attend this free event.  Due to space limitations, we will not be able to accommodate all requests.

Application Link:


We will notify everyone that completes the application no later than March 23, 2023 if we will be able to offer a space.


Community Partners - Arrive between 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Students will attend between 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Thank you for your continued support,


District 211 Career Advisors


April 18th, 2023 08:00 AM - April 18th, 2023 01:00 PM

Schaumburg High School 1100 W Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL

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Spark! Career Extravaganza 2023

On April 18, 2023, ninth graders from Indian Valley Vocational Center sending schools including Earlville, Hinckley-Big Rock, Indian Creek, Leland, Newark, Plano, Sandwich, Serena, Somonauk, and Yorkville will attend a career exploration event in the gymnasium of the Fox Valley Family YMCA in Plano.

April 18th, 2023 08:00 AM - April 18th, 2023 02:00 PM

Fox Valley Family YMCA, 3875 Eldamain Rd, Plano, IL 60545

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GCAMP Workforce Strategies Forum



April 19th, 2023 08:30 AM - April 19th, 2023 10:00 AM

In Person and on Zoom 2000 S. Batavia Ave. Geneva , IL

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Past Events

NIU Technology Spring Job and Internship Fair

NIU Technology Spring Job and Internship Fair

Our job fairs showcase only technology and engineering students, so you won’t waste time sifting through students with the wrong qualifications. These events are perfect for finding co-ops, internships, and part-time and full-time professionals.

February 28th, 2023 10:30 AM - February 28th, 2023 03:00 PM

Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, 231 B. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, IL 60115

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Barrington High School's 6th Annual Skilled Trades Fair

Barrington High School is hosting its 6th Annual Skilled Trades Fair. Click the learn more button to RSVP for the event.

February 23rd, 2023 10:30 AM - February 23rd, 2023 02:00 PM

Barrington High School Library

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GCAMP Workforce Strategies Forum

Manufacturers - Are you struggling with hiring?   Are you open to outside-of-the-box hiring strategies, but you just don't know where to begin?  Join us at the Workforce Strategies Forum, hosted by GCAMP and the VIA, to find possible solutions to your recruiting challenges.  Our guest speakers will present on topics such as: Finding success with a non-traditional workforce; Boosting retention through employee engagement; and How to stand out when jobs are plentiful and workers are scarce.    Please be sure to register by clicking the "Learn More" button below.

February 23rd, 2023 10:00 AM - February 23rd, 2023 11:30 AM

In Person and on Zoom, Valley Industrial Association (VIA), 2000 S. Batavia Ave. Geneva , IL

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DuPage Regional Manufacturing Advisory Council General Membership Meeting

Please mark your calendar for the next DuPage Regional Manufacturing Advisory Council General Membership Meeting set to take place both in-person and via Zoom on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. Zoom link and location information is below. The DRMAC Steering Committee has been hard at work parsing through the valuable feedback from December and plans to announce the working groups that will put things in motion moving forward. Our guest speaker will be Tom Wendorf, retired business executive and tireless workforce development advocate.   RSVP here:   This is an open invitation, so please feel free to forward it to those who you think might be interested in attending.   Zoom link: Meeting ID: 327 781 7835 (312) 626-6799 US (Chicago)   In-Person: College of DuPage Main Campus 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn Technology Education Center (TEC), Room 1038 A-B   Park in Fawell lot D and enter the TEC building from the east. Room 1038 A-B will be on the right. Directions and map of full campus:

February 22nd, 2023 04:00 PM - February 22nd, 2023 05:00 PM

College of DuPage Main Campus 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn Technology Education Center (TEC), Room 1038 A-B

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Robot Rumble!

Wheeling High School will host District 214's annual "Robot Rumble" on Friday, Feb 17, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and again on Saturday, Feb 18, from 9 a.m.-noon.  This exciting competition will offer an excellent opportunity to see the robotics students and their robots in action as they battle it our with their functional fighting robots!.  The students have all been working hard since August, fine-tuning their designing, manufacturing, and wiring skills.        The public is welcome to attend.    

February 17th, 2023 09:00 AM - February 18th, 2023 01:00 PM

Wheeling High School, 900 S Elmhurst Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090