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SWIC, manufacturers showcase future at Sept. 23 open house

The public is invited to check out high-tech automated manufacturing machinery, hear from regional manufacturers and discover how American manufacturing is flourishing at the upcoming Southwestern Illinois College Manufacturing Day celebration.

SWIC will open its doors from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 for its Manufacturing Day Open House. The event will showcase new technology, educational programs, career opportunities, products and services.

The SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4950 Maryville Road, will serve as the event hub for the day.

The welcome ceremony begins at 9 a.m., and the event is free and open to the public. More than 1,300 local high school students are scheduled to attend.

“Our goal is to show students and the community what great opportunities are available in technical education at SWIC and that there is an abundance of well-paying, secure careers in manufacturing right here in the Metro East,” said SWIC Dean of Technical Education Brad Sparks.

Andrew Crowe, founder of the New American Manufacturing Renaissance, a movement to revitalize American manufacturing, will serve as the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony. Project MFG representatives will recognize SWIC winners of the national Department of Defense Project MFG competition and SWIC national SkillsUSA medal winners will be recognized by representatives of Illinois SkillsUSA.

At the open house, visitors can tour the Precision Machining Technology, Electrical/Electronics, Heating Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, and Welding Technology labs. Plus, they can see first-hand how cutting-edge computerized machining and robotic welding equipment is changing technical education and manufacturing.

Also, visitors can try their hands at virtual welding, enjoy 3D printing demonstrations, meet more than 30 local manufacturers and tour a local manufacturing facility.

This event in presented in partnership with the Gene Haas Foundation, Granite City Economic Development Department, IMEC – Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, Madison County Employment and Training, St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department and the Southwestern Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

For additional information, visit or call the SWIC Technical Education Division at (618) 931-0600, ext. 7476.

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