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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Past Events


Illinois Manufacturing Association 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 graduate high school having earned the CCPE in Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology, and Trades (METT) and is currently enrolled or in the process of enrolling in an Illinois community college or university for manufacturing, welding, or engineering. This $500 scholarship can be put towards tuition, fees, textbooks, room, board, school supplies, job training equipment and uniforms, or other barrier reduction costs that arise.  To be eligible you must be an Illinois high school senior on track to earn the College and Career Pathway Endorsement or a graduate of an Illinois high school who earned the College and Career Pathway Endorsement in high school.  Deadline extended to June 16!   Click the button below for more details or if you have questions or concerns, please contact Sarah Hartwick or Juan Jose Gonzalez at    

March 24th, 2023 12:00 AM - June 16th, 2023 11:59 PM

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Regional Illinois Design Educators Association Competition at Waubonsee Community College

Regional Illinois Design Educators Association (IDEA) Competition at Waubonsee Community College, Academic and Professional Center   Industry partners are needed to participate as contest judges for the 2023 IDEA Region 6 Competition held at Waubonsee Community College. Judges will evaluate group design projects and individual drawings from area high school competitors. Categories include: Introductory Board, Introductory CAD, 3D CAD Modeling, 2D Machine CAD, Architectural Board, Architectural CAD.  Judging opportunities require a time commitment of 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (lunch included)   Use this link to learn more about competition work .  Register as a judge here   Industry partners are also needed to participate as panelists.  Panelists will answer questions such as: "How did you did you get to where you are today in your career?"  "If you were back in high school, would you do anything differently related to your career?"  "What piece of career advice would you give your younger self?" Panel Members time commitment would be from 11-12:30 (lunch included) RSVP as a panelist to Josi Moran, Please join to support the development of future Drafters and Engineers!   Location: Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove Campus, Academic and Professional Center (map) Questions? Randy Hines, Alyson Gaspar,

March 22nd, 2023 08:30 AM - March 22nd, 2023 01:30 PM

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

Elgin Community College

Elgin Community College Manufacturing and Technology Center Needs Assessment

Join us for breakfast to discuss your workforce needs in manufacturing. Your vision for the future of manufacturing is key to the education and training that ECC will provide in the new 125,000-square-foot manufacturing and technology center. As a leader in the manufacturing industry, we want to hear from you about how we can prepare the next generation of manufacturers. Breakfast available at 7:15 am. The program will begin promptly at 7:30 am. We look forward to seeing you there. Dr. David Sam President Elgin Community

March 16th, 2023 07:30 AM - March 16th, 2023 09:00 AM

Elgin Community College 1700 Spartan Dr, Elgin, IL 60123 Building B, Room B181 (Community Room)

Harper College

Harper College Employer Breakfast Showcasing Apprenticeship Programs

For all the employers interested in offering Apprenticeship programs, Harper College will be hosting an employer breakfast showcasing information on Harper Apprenticeship programs.   If you need additional information, you can email Besa Sadiku at

March 14th, 2023 08:00 AM - March 14th, 2023 10:00 AM

Harper College 1200 West Algonquin Road Palatine, IL

Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Community College Automotive and CTE Open House

Waubonsee Community College Automotive and CTE Open House with Signing Day, Akerlow Hall  Approximately 500 VALEES regional high school students interested in the automotive, auto body repair, automation, machine tool, welding, CAD/drafting or HVAC programs attend an open house style event with their high school or career center counselor or teacher.  Faculty are on hand to discuss program opportunities, business and industry representatives have tables to discuss career and employment opportunities, and Waubonsee support service departments are on hand to help answer new student, financial aid, scholarship, etc. questions.   Manufacturing partners are invited to have a table to explain their career and employment opportunities. This is NOT a job fair. Companies will speak to students that are graduating in May and potentially looking for employment or apprenticeship after graduation but will also speak to younger students. Companies in the VALEES region are preferred. 

March 9th, 2023 08:00 AM - March 9th, 2023 02:00 PM

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