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

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Summer Manufacturing Tour - Tox Pressotechnik

Tox-Pressotechnik began in 1978 in Germany. Today, they are represented across in the globe in 40 different countries, including China, India, Brazil, and, of course, here in the United States. Tox creates the high-tech machinery used to join metal. Their custom machines are used in the automotive, aerospace, medical, solar, and battery industries, by well-known companies such as BMW, Bosch, and Audi. Engineers, machinists, welders, technicians and more all work together to ensure that Tox machinery leads the market in innovation, productivity, quality, safety, low operating costs, and low environmental impact.

Students on a Tox tour will see the hands-on work that goes into building a Tox machine. Plus, like at Diemasters, Tox is happy to provide work-based learning opportunities to students. Over the years, Tox has employed many student interns, apprentices, and other young people looking to launch their manufacturing careers.

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

Tox-Pressotechnik, 4250 Weaver Parkway, Warrenville

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Forge the Future 2024 Summer Camp

Explore the world of forging through the Forging Foundation’s three-day Forge the Future Summer Camp. Students 15-18 years old will have the opportunity to tour a forging facility, participate in STEAM and team building activities, and learn how to forge. Plus, campers will get to take home their own forging!

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Campers will need their own transportation to and from camp.

Please contact Amanda Dureiko, at or call 216-781-6260


July 22nd, 2024 09:00 AM - July 24th, 2024 03:30 PM

Richard J. Daley College 7500 S. Pulaski Road MTEC Campus Chicago, IL 60652

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D300 Work Based Learning Advisory Board

5:30 - 6 PM

Optional intro to D300 WBL intended for new or interested industry partners

6- 6:30 PM

JA-TEC Facility Tour

6:30 - 8 PM

Updates, share outs, celebrations and working session 

July 22nd, 2024 05:30 PM - July 22nd, 2024 08:00 PM

JA-TEC, 2125 Point Blvd, Suite 200, Elgin

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D300 Work Based Learning Advisory Board

You are invited to our upcoming Work-Based Learning Advisory Board meeting that will be occurring the evening of July 22nd. This meeting is being hosted by A-TEC Ambulance located at 2125 Point Blvd., Suite 200 in Elgin. The focus of this board is how to continue to build opportunities for our students to explore careers of interest, develop career goals, and to be as prepared as possible to enter the workforce upon graduating high school. This includes opportunities as basic as guest speaking or participating in fairs to experiences like job shadowing and internships. 


We will be highlighting some of our employers, students, and programs which have had significant success over the last couple of years. We are excited to share more details about how D300 has been approved for 5 College & Career Pathway Endsorements by the Illinois State Board of Education as well as providing over 35 internship opportunities this summer that have resulted in high school credit and/or were paid experiences. In total, students earned neary $45,000 this summer. 


For those of you who have never attended before, there will be an optional portion of the meeting starting at 5:30 to learn more about D300's Career & Technical Education (CTE) and College & Career Readiness programs at D300. For everyone else, the larger group will begin at 6 PM. Food will be provided. You are welcome and encouraged to share this information with anyone else you might know who may be interested in participating.


July 22nd, 2024 05:30 PM - July 22nd, 2024 08:00 PM

A-Tec, 2121 Point Blvd, ste 200, Elgin

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GCAMP Bags Tournament


Don't miss the coolest Bags Tournament ever!! 



The GCAMP Bags Tournament





September 30th, 2024 03:30 PM - September 30th, 2024 07:30 PM

Mikerphone Brewing, 121 Garlisch Dr, Elk Grove Village

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Past Events

WA The Diemasters Summer Tour.

Summer Manufacturing Tour - WA The Diemasters

Founded in 1948 on Chicago’s West Side, Weiss-Aug Group / The Diemasters has been making high precision parts and assemblies for almost 80 years. Today, they are located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and they serve customers throughout the U.S., producing more than 250,000 stamped parts, assemblies, and fabrications every day. Engineers at Diemasters use AutoCad, Solidworks, and other well-known software systems to design, prototype, and test tooling for new products. The Diemasters' production processes include progressive precision metal stamping, Mig and Tig welding, both automated and assembly using robots.Students on a The Diemasters tour will get to see the high-tech press lines, with up to a 350 Ton capacity, produce parts and assemblies used in the automotive, aerospace, hardware, and medical industries. Plus, Diemasters is eager to hire young people interested in manufacturing careers. Students on a The Diemasters tour should be sure to ask about their apprenticeship program that offers tuition reimbursement for an Associates Degree.

June 18th, 2024 09:00 AM - June 18th, 2024 11:00 AM

WA The Diemasters,2100 Touhy Ave, Elk Grove Village

IMA (Illinois Manufacturing Association) 2023 CCPE Scholarship

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA), in partnership with Education Systems Center at NIU (EdSystems), is now offering a scholarship to Illinois students who: Will graduate high school in 2024 or previously graduated Have earned the CCPE (College and Career Pathway Endorsement) in Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology, and Trades (METT) And are planning to continue their education or work in manufacturing, welding, or engineering. This $500 scholarship can be put towards tuition, fees, supplies, textbooks, room, board, job training equipment and uniforms, or other barrier reduction costs that arise. The scholarship awards will be sent directly to students upon postsecondary enrollment or starting work.    Deadline to apply is May 31.  Click the button below to Learn More, 

May 31st, 2024 12:00 AM

VALEES, GCAMP, West Aurora

Weisner Center (West Aurora High School) Manufacturing Breakfast with Mock Interviews

The third annual mock interview event at West Aurora Weisner Center and MFG Breakfast is Wednesday, May 15, 2024!  We hope you can once again give your time to the young people of the West Aurora community. Below are the details along with a registration link. Please plan to join us for part or all of the day! As the enrollment at Weisner Center has grown so too has the need for interviewers, please forward this invitation to anyone in your professional network who cares about young people and their future careers in Building Trades, Machining and Welding! Register here When: Wednesday, May 15, 2024Where: Weisner Center, 1920 W. Galena Blvd., AuroraWho is invited: 1.) Employers in the Aurora area interested in learning more about the current programming at the Weisner Center in Building Trades, Machining and Welding.2.) Employers in the Aurora area hiring for positions in Building Trades, Machining and Welding.Breakfast Agenda7:30 a.m. - Check-in starts 7:30 a.m. - 7:50 a.m. - Self-guided tour of Weisner Center and breakfast7:55 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. - Welcome8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Program8:45 a.m. - Start mock interviewsMock Interview Time Blocks8:45 a.m. - 11:06 a.m. - Machining and Welding 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Welding1:20 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Building Trades and Machining Please contact me with any questions. Cassie Blickem  cblickem@waubonsee.eduDirectorValley Education for Employment System (VALEES, EFE #130)

May 15th, 2024 07:30 AM - May 15th, 2024 02:45 PM

Weisner Center, 1920 W Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL


D211 Senior Job Fair

Thank you for your ongoing support of Township High School District 211. We will be holding our second annual D211 Senior Job Fair for our graduating seniors from Palatine, Fremd, Conant, Schaumburg, Higgins, North Campus, and Hoffman Estates High Schools who 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 invite you to fill out the application to attend this free event.  Due to space limitations, we cannot guarantee space for all applicants. DATE:Thursday, May 2nd from 9:00 am - 12:00 pmTIME:Community Partners - Arrive between 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.Students will attend between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.LOCATION:Schaumburg High School 1100 W Schaumburg RdSchaumburg 60194Application Link: If you cannot complete the application link because your company’s security software will not allow it, please email Paula Waterman instead of filling out the application link. We will notify everyone who completes the application no later than April 4th  if we will be able to offer a space. Thank you for your continued support  Regards, Paula Waterman

May 2nd, 2024 08:00 AM - May 2nd, 2024 12:00 PM

Schaumburg High School 1100 W Schaumburg Rd Schaumburg 60194


VALEES Spark! Career Exploration Event

Industry partners are needed to *Spark* career interest for Fox Valley Area 9th graders!On April 23, 2024, Valley Education for Employment System (VALEES) will be organizing an interactive event for ninth graders. Students from Indian Valley Vocational Center sending schools will include Earlville, Hinckley-Big Rock, Indian Creek, Leland, Newark, Plano, Sandwich, Serena, Somonauk and Yorkville will attend this career exploration event in the gymnasium of the Fox Valley Family YMCA in Plano.Expected attendance is between 500-600 9th graders. Students will visit each of the 7 Pathway Endorsement Areas (Agriculture; Arts and Communications; Finance and Business; Human and Public Services; Health Sciences and Technology; Information Technology and Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology and Trades). It is strongly recommended that industry experts bring hands-on activities for students.VALEES will provide breakfast and boxed lunch.Please follow the link below to complete your registration. Please contact College and Career Pathway Endorsement Coordinator, Josi Moran at or 630-466-2953 with any additional questions. 

April 23rd, 2024 08:00 AM - April 23rd, 2024 02:30 PM

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