Over 70 manufacturers, community leaders and School District U-46 staff participated in Alignment’s first roundtable on March 14, 2018, at the Hoosier Grove Barn in Streamwood. The purpose of the roundtable was to discuss work-based learning as a priority for manufacturing workforce recruitment.
The event featured panel discussions with manufacturing associations currently practicing work-based learning followed by a panel of senior human resources managers representing some of the largest manufacturing companies within the U-46 community. The HR professionals discussed the current workforce, ages 18 to 24, identifying their strengths and opportunities for skill gap closure using work-based learning as early as high school. Thank you to the following panelists for contributing to the success of Alignment’s first industry roundtable:
- Kathleen Burley, Administrator, Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership
- Kathy Meisinger, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Elgin Community College
- Jim Nelson, Vice President of External Affairs, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
- Joshua Seeberg, Manager, Skills Initiative, German American Chamber of Commerce
- Ed Youdell, President & CEO, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association
- Lisa Baran, Regional Human Resources Manager, Federal Signal Corporation
- Glenn Berg, Director, Human Resources & Safety, MKD Electric
- LaSalle Crosby, Corporate Recruiter, John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.
- Michelle Chambers, Director of Human Resources, Hoffer Plastics
- Susan Silhavy, Human Resources Director, American NTN Bearing