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

East Aurora High School

East Aurora High School Career Fair

East Aurora High School will hold its Career Fair on April 19, 2023, from 12:30-2:15 p.m. This event is an excellent opportunity to expose our upperclassmen to job opportunities, vocational training, and other post-secondary avenues. We expect nearly 2,000 sophomores, juniors, and seniors to attend.

East Aurora High School students are culturally diverse and represent various ethnic backgrounds, and we wish to expand their knowledge of potential college and careers. District 131 has the distinction of being the first public school district in Illinois, established by the State in 1851. Our school enrollment is almost 4,200 students, consisting of 87% Hispanic, 8% African American, 2% Caucasian, and 3% Asian/American Indian/Multi-Racial ethnic backgrounds.

Event details are as follows:
WHEN: Wednesday, April 19, 2023
     Set-up: 11:45-12:15 a.m.
      Fair: 12:30-2:15 p.m.

WHERE: East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora

We sincerely hope that a representative(s) from your organization will attend the Career Fair. Your participation will have a tremendous impact on our students as they prepare for their future.

Please register for the fair by clicking the Learn More button below. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at (630) 299-5522.


Asa Gordon
Director of Middle and Secondary College and Career Readiness
East Aurora School District 131

April 19th, 2023 12:30 PM - April 19th, 2023 02:15 PM

East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora, Illinois 60505

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D214 Skilled Trades Fair

District 214 2023 Skilled Trades Fair

Please join District 214  at the High School District 214 2023 Skilled Trades Fair.  They are seeking organizations and individuals who can share their experiences, passion, and industry knowledge with interested students.   This is an opportunity for students to learn about post-secondary career options in the skilled trades.   This is not a job fair.


Automotive | Carpentry | Construction | Cosmetology | Culinary Arts | Electrical | HVAC | Landscaping | Manufacturing | Military | Plumbing | Public Safety | Tool & Die | Welding


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April 20th, 2023 09:30 AM - April 20th, 2023 12:00 PM

Rolling Meadows High School, 2901 West Central Rd, Rolling Meadows, Il

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Hampshire High School

Manufacturing Breakfast hosted by Hampshire High School and GCAMP

Manufacturers and Community Members are invited to a Manufacturing Breakfast at Hampshire High School.


Join us on April 21st at Hampshire High School.  This event starts with networking and a light breakfast, followed by a presentation by the manufacturing teachers on their top-notch manufacturing curriculum.   You will also get a chance to meet students and hear about their achievements within this program.   We will wrap up the event with a can't-miss tour of Hampshire High School's state-of-the-art manufacturing lab.  



Registration will be open soon.  Check back here for registration link.  


April 21st, 2023 08:00 AM - April 21st, 2023 10:00 AM

Hampshire High School 1600 Big Timber Road Hampshire, IL 60140. Enter through Door #1 and have a state ID ready for check-in.


VIA Spark Awards!

Come Celebrate With Us at the Spark Awards!

Join us on April 26th as we announce the winners of GCAMP's Outstanding Manufacturing Student and Educator Awards and the accomplishments of VIA member companies in the area of Culture, Innovation, Operational Excellence, Safety, Social Responsibility and Workforce Development.


April 26th, 2023 05:00 PM - April 26th, 2023 09:00 PM

Arrowhead Golf Club 26W151 Butterfield Rd Wheaton, IL

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VALEES, GCAMP, West Aurora

Employer Breakfast with Mock Student Interviews

VALEES, GCAMP and West Aurora High School invite you to an Employer Breakfast  on May 10th to help with mock student interviews. 

As an employer or community partner in the greater Aurora area, you are invited to the West Aurora Weisner Center on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 for an employer breakfast, tour and opportunity to mock interview 12th grade students in career programs!

Please share your professional experience to provide an authentic interview for graduating seniors in the following career programs: Automation & Robotics, Building Trades, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Machining, and Welding and find your next new employee!


Troy Waldherr, Vice President Sales & Operations from TOX Pressotechnik shared this testimonial after last year’s breakfast and mock interviews: “Wow, what a great experience!  TOX® decided to join the manufacturing breakfast and mock interviews at West Aurora High School as a community outreach.  In the end we benefitted as much as the students or more.  We found a machining apprentice with basic knowledge from his high school courses and is now enrolled at Waubonsee Community College for the classroom half of his apprenticeship.  This is how industry and education should always work together – benefitting the residents and the companies both.”


Please register today to join us on Wednesday, May 10, 2023! Registration link includes a detailed agenda. Please submit a registration for every company representative planning to attend. 


If you have a colleague who would appreciate being invited, please forward! Thank you in advance for your consideration and for supporting West Aurora High School Weisner Center students and programs.



Email Josi Moran for more information,


May 10th, 2023 12:00 AM - May 10th, 2023 12:00 PM

Weisner Center, 1920 W Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL

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Past Events

College Career & Wellness Fair 2023.

College Career & Wellness Fair 2023

Meet college reps and local business partners. Receive supportive resources to assist with your post-secondary planning.

January 17th, 2023 09:00 AM - January 17th, 2023 11:00 AM

West Aurora High School, Batavia High School, Geneva High School


Intern Ready Forum

Is hosting a high school intern of interest to you or your company?  Is the topic of internship development on meeting agendas frequently, but going nowhere?  Does the idea of having a high school intern excite you and make you anxious at the same time?  Then Join us!  Bring a team of 2-4 staff from your company that would be key internship supporters.   Be supported to develop an intern job description, organization chart and orientation plan during the workshop.   Leave the workshop with a game plan written to host your first high school intern.   Meet high school teachers and staff that coordinate work-based learning.   Free to attend.   

November 18th, 2022 08:30 AM - November 18th, 2022 12:00 PM

Valley Industrial Association, 2000 S. Batavia Ave, Geneva IL 60134

Symbol Training Institute Job Fair

Manufacturing Job Fair at Symbol Training Institute

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 from 10:00am - 1:00pm  Hosted by Symbol Training Institute along with the Village of Addison  Interview skilled job candidates on the spot!   

October 26th, 2022 10:00 AM - October 26th, 2022 01:00 PM

Symbol Training Institute, 1413 Jeffrey Drive, Addison, IL 60101

Made in Elk Grove Village Mfg Expo

Made in Elk Grove Manufacturing & Technology Expo

Meet the companies that make Elk Grove Village special!  Join the group on October 17th at Elk Grove High School from 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM.  The 2022 Made in Elk Grove Manufacturing & Technology Expo is proudly sponsored by Elk Grove Village, supporting sponsor API, and special partners Next Level Northwest and the Elk Grove Village Chamber of Commerce. To learn more, visit 

October 17th, 2022 01:30 PM - October 17th, 2022 04:30 PM

Elk Grove High School, 500 W. Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

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Manufacturing Breakfast

Aurora area manufacturers, see a high school manufacturing program at work and meet students! Breakfast, Tour and PanelDiscussion with Manufacturers and Students Mock Interview Machining and Welding Students

May 12th, 2022 07:30 AM - May 12th, 2022 09:30 AM

Weisner Center, West Aurora SD129, 1920 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL