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


NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology Spring Job and Internship Fair

Find your next co-op, intern, or part-time or full-time professional. 


Early bird registration is $350 through Feb 15, then $400.


Contact Gary Smith with questions.   815-742-7557,

February 27th, 2024 10:30 AM - February 27th, 2024 03:00 PM

Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, 231 N. Annie Glidden Rd, DeKalb, IL

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Women in Mfg

GCAMP Workforce Strategies Forum

We all need more young women in manufacturing! Whether you're a regional educator or a manufacturing employer, we're all interested in growing the number of young women interested in a manufacturing career pathway. Join GCAMP champions and VIA members along with VALEES regional educators on Friday, March 1, 2024 to explore recently released and IMA supported EdSystems publication Resources and Guidance for Supporting Young Women in Manufacturing. Have a boxed lunch with regional educators and then learn from report author Dania Ibrahim and GCAMP Director Dawn Curran. 


Register by Friday, February 16, 2024

Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove Campus, Academic and Professional Center Event Room

11:30  a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Boxed Lunch

12:20 p.m. -   1:20 p.m. Workshop


March 1st, 2024 11:30 AM - March 1st, 2024 01:20 PM

Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove Campus, Rt. 47 at Waubonsee Dr., Sugar Grove, IL 60554

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TCD Manufacturing Collaborative

March 4th, 2024 05:00 PM - March 4th, 2024 07:00 PM

Technology Center of DuPage, 301 S. Swift Rd, Addison

24 Spark

VIA Spark Awards!

Join us for a can't miss event in Chicago manufacturing - the Spark Awards!!   

Honor GCAMP's Outstanding Manufacturing Student and Outstanding Manufacturing Educator Award winners!!   Celebrate with the VIA the accomplishments of manufacturers in the areas of Culture, Innovation, Operational Excellence, Safety, Social Responsibility, and Workforce Development.  

March 6th, 2024 05:00 PM - March 6th, 2024 09:00 PM

Arrowhead Golf Club 26W151 Butterfield Rd Wheaton, 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


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

Metea Valley

Mock Interview Support Needed at Metea Valley HS

Looking for individuals interested in participating in our Mock Interview Event at Metea. Every year, our sophomores participate in a five-minute mock job interview as a culminating experience in our College & Career Unit.  To make this happen, we need volunteers who are willing to come to MV for all or part of the day.  People who have helped us out in the past have told us that they really enjoy the experience, and they leave the day feeling hopeful that the next generation is ready to start fixing the problems of our day (despite what we hear about "kids nowadays").Do you know anyone who is willing and available to help us on Friday, February 2nd?  The volunteer opportunities are:Morning: 7:00 - 11:00Afternoon: 10:45 - 2:30All Day: 7:00 - 2:30If you or anyone you know would like to spend some time talking to a bunch of 15- and 16-year-olds (and who doesn't!?), then please share names and email addresses. Our coordinator (Rachel Bostick) will reach out closer the date.   Thanks so much. We'd love to have your help. Rebecca Walker Please email Rebecca Walker if interested!   Contact information below. Rebecca S. Walker - she/her METEA VALLEY ENGLISH & THEATER1801 North Eola RoadAurora, IL 60502630-375-5900  

February 2nd, 2024 07:00 AM - February 2nd, 2024 02:23 PM

Metea Valley High School, 1801 North Eola Road, Aurora, IL 60502

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 CriteriaMust 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

Barrington HS

Barrington High School’s NEW Career Expo!

Barrington High School is happy to announce our new and improved Career Expo (formerly known as the Skilled Trades Fair)!  In an effort to continue educating our students, we are holding this expo for students in grades 8-12  to explore career pathways and meet field experts to discover how they can gain the skills they need for the career they want to pursue.  The Career Expo will be held at Barrington High School, in our new auxiliary gym, on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 from 10:15AM to 2:15PM (lunch will be provided).  For more information, contact:Marie MirabellaCareer AdvisorBarrington High

January 30th, 2024 10:15 AM - January 30th, 2024 02:15 PM

Barrington High School, Auxiliary Gym, 616 W Main St, Barrington, IL 60010


Volunteers needed for Junior Achievement

Industry partners are needed to speak with seventh grade students about careers at their workplace.  Please contact Amy Youngberg for more information. Amy Youngberg | VP ProgramsJunior Achievement of Chicago630-577-7628 | 

January 26th, 2024 09:00 AM - January 26th, 2024 11:00 AM