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

GCAMP Workforce Strategies Forum

Starting or Strengthening Partnerships with Local School Districts or Area Career Centers

  • Identify how you can begin or grow you relationships with local students
  • Learn about the latest Illinois State Board of Education initiatives to build career technical education (CTE) in our state
  • Identify the key contact people in your school district
  • Finish the event with an introduction email drafted to kick off your new school partnership

November 16th, 2023 09:00 AM - November 16th, 2023 11:00 AM

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

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College, Career & Wellness Fair - West Aurora, Batavia, and West Chicago High Schools

College, Career & Wellness Fair at West Aurora High School, in Aurora, Illinois. 


Join us for this large scale Tri County event! This FREE event will be promoted to all DuPage, Kane, and Kendall County high school students.


Email Katie Johnson for more information.


Katie Johnson

Career Liaison


January 16th, 2024 09:00 AM - January 16th, 2024 11:00 AM


SME Education Foundation Scholarship

As the philanthropic arm of SME, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization serving the manufacturing industry, the SME Education Foundation inspires, prepares, and supports the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent. 

The Foundation awards nearly a million dollars in scholarships every year to over a hundred high school seniors and undergraduate/graduate students pursing degrees in manufacturing, engineering, or a related field. Two-year and four-year programs are eligible for consideration.

One scholarship application provides students with the opportunity to be considered for 60+ Foundation scholarships. The application period is open from November 1st – February 1st.Learn more.

Minimum Qualifying Criteria

  • Must be a permanent resident or citizen of the United States or Canada, or have a U.S. or Canadian student visa.
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must be on a path toward an associate's, bachelor’s or graduate degree in manufacturing engineering technology, or a closely related field at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.

February 1st, 2024 12:00 AM - February 1st, 2024 11:59 PM

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Postsecondary Career and Transition Fair at Dundee Crown High School

Postsecondary, Career, and Transition Fair at Dundee Crown High School from 9 AM to 2 PM. Approximately 600 students from each high school will be in attendance with priority going towards Juniors. 


Register using the button below.   Registration closes 1/15/24.

February 8th, 2024 09:00 AM - February 8th, 2024 02:00 PM

Dundee Crown High School, 1500 Kings Rd, Carpentersville, IL

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Postsecondary, Career, and Transition Fair at Jacobs High School

Postsecondary, Career, and Transition Fair at Jacobs High School from 6-8 PM. This event is targeting Sophomores and Juniors but all CUSD 300 students and their families will be invited. This is an opportunity for students to attend who could not visit the day time fair in February as well as for families who would like to attend as well. 


Register using the button below.   Registration closes 2/15/24.

March 7th, 2024 06:00 PM - March 7th, 2024 08:00 PM

Jacobs High School 2601 Bunker Hill Dr, Algonquin, IL

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Past Events

West Aurora

World Language Career Expo

West Aurora High School in District 129 is planning our seventh annual World Languages Career Expo for Friday, November 10th, 2023, from 7:30-10:45 am.  You have either participated in this event in the past, or you have been identified as a valued bilingual professional who could share your wisdom and experience with our students. We would be so pleased to have you participate in this event, encouraging our students to continue their language studies to bring value to their future employers and communities.  All languages and all professions are welcome! There is no presentation to prepare; we only ask that you bring whatever materials you might like to show to our students, who will approach you with prepared questions about how you use languages in your job or business. Our students enjoy this special event every year and will approach you enthusiastically to learn more about your career.  A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. More information is included at the links below. We hope you will consider joining us!  Please see the flyer for this event at: WL Expo Flyer Please see the invitation letter at: WL Expo Invitation Letter RSVP for this event:   Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. I look forward to meeting you!      Elaine Diveley World Languages Curriculum Coordinator, 6-12 West Aurora District 129

November 10th, 2023 07:30 AM - November 10th, 2023 10:45 AM

1201 W New York St, Aurora, IL 60506


Pathway and Career Fair @ Jacobs High School

The Pathway and Career Exploration Fair at Jacobs High School will highlight their Career & Technical Education (CTE) and Pathway programs. They are looking for postsecondary training institutions and local employers to be part of this event so that students can not only learn about the programs they offer but also have opportunities to make connections between their programs with industry professionals. Industry professionals are being invited and asked to host a table for students and their families to explore and ask questions.   Register using the button below.  Registration closes 10/15/23.

November 9th, 2023 06:00 PM - November 9th, 2023 08:00 PM

Jacobs High School 2601 Bunker Hill Dr, Algonquin, IL

Waubonsie Valley High School

Waubonsie Valley High School Career Connections Program

Dear Career Connections Supporter, Waubonsie Valley High School would like to cordially invite you to participate in our Career Connections Program designed to help students explore future career and educational choices.  Our Career Fair is back this year and we could not be more excited for our students to participate in this great event. Our Career Fair will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2023.  This day serves as a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain insights regarding potential careers and the preparation necessary to pursue their post-secondary plans.  Professionals are invite to host a booth in our field house where students will rotate through during our five lunch periods from 9:18-1:33.  All freshmen will attend the fair the first half of each lunch period, and upperclassmen will have the opportunity to participate throughout all lunch periods or by attending the fair with a class.  Continental Breakfast, starting at 8:30 am, and boxed lunches are provided to all fair attendees.  You may visit our website at to view program details and register for the event.  We truly feel that your real world experiences will help motivate students to continue exploring the vast opportunities they have available upon completion of their education at Waubonsie Valley High School. Please feel free to share this invitation with others in your network!  We thank you in advance for sharing your valuable time and insight with our students. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.   Warm regards,  Career Fair Co-Coordinators   Alison Heuer 630-375-3545 Laura McAran  630-375-3355 Molly Owles 630-375-3577 Chris Skrzypchak 630-375-3645 Ryan Vankampen 630-375-3340

November 9th, 2023 08:30 AM - November 9th, 2023 01:33 PM

Field House, Waubonsie Valley High School, 2590 Ogden Ave, Aurora, IL 60504

Career Motivate

Career Motive-8

In partnership with area businesses, on Friday, October 20 Naperville 203 will host an 8th Grade Career Exploration Day to motive-8 students to continue career exploration and planning. The event, called Career Motive-8, will provide students with an opportunity to connect with area businesses from multiple career pathways. We need your help! Career Motive-8 is going to be an exciting and authentic way to engage your employees with our Naperville 203 community. Would your business be willing to host a table at the event and share your careers with our students? The event will be held Friday, October 20, 2023 at Naperville Yard (1601 Legacy Cir, Naperville, IL 60563). Morning Session: 8:45 - 11:00 AM & Afternoon Session: 11:45 - 2:00 PM. There is set-up time on Thursday, October 19 the evening before the event.  This event will have a trade show feel with a hands on component for our students. Click HERE to fill out the volunteer form and our planning team is happy to answer any questions. We will follow up with more information if you are able to join the event.   Questions? Jacque Clermont, (630) 420-6815 Career Motive-8 Resources: Career Motive-8 Video Naperville 203 College & Career Curriculum

October 20th, 2023 08:45 AM - October 20th, 2023 02:00 PM

Naperville Yard - 1601 Legacy Cir, Naperville, IL 60563

West Chicago HS

Manufacturing Breakfast hosted by West Chicago High School, GCAMP, TMA and DAOES

Come find out what students are learning inside your local high school’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program. Hear from both teachers and students.  Please come with your questions, they will be happy to show you what they are working on.

October 4th, 2023 07:30 AM - October 4th, 2023 10:00 AM

West Chicago High School, 326 Joliet St, West Chicago