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Southwestern Illinois College begins tours of new Advanced Manufacturing Academy

Pictured are the SWIC Board of Trustees at its Advanced Manufacturing Academy. From left are Mark Morton, Matthew Burke, Dane Tippett, Nick Raftopoulos, Nick Mance, Steve Campo and Sean McPeak. (Photo courtesy Southwestern Illinois College)

Located on SWIC’s Belleville Campus, the academy is set to open in Fall 2024

In preparation for the Fall 2024 opening of the Advanced Manufacturing Academy on its Belleville campus, Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) held an official tour with the Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024.

SWIC further expressed its gratitude to Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, Senator Christopher Belt, Representative Jay Hoffman, Representative Latoya Greenwood, and Board Chair Nick Raftopoulos for their ongoing support and dedication to the manufacturing industry.

Through the leadership of Gov. Pritzker and SWIC President Nick Mance, coupled with generous DCEO funding, the new Advanced Manufacturing Academy will reinvigorate the regional manufacturing industry with a sustainable, high-skilled workforce to further reestablish Illinois and the U.S. as a center of global manufacturing.

SWIC is utilizing State funding to launch a multi-phase plan to create an academy that focuses on the needs of local manufacturing partners and builds the relationships necessary to solidify southern Illinois as a hub for manufacturing education and industry. By reinforcing the strong manufacturing opportunities available to the community and highlighting the success of SWIC’s manufacturing students, the college will continue to improve the overall image of U.S. manufacturing in the region.

The institution will be at the forefront of manufacturing innovation with its program offerings and will spur modernization throughout the regional industry. Planned programming for the new facility will include both the expansion and revision of previously established programming as well as the addition of new and innovative manufacturing programming.

Sustainable manufacturing is becoming increasingly important in the changing landscape of the industry, and with manufacturers considering the benefits of cost savings, environmental impact, and public perception, additional coursework will promote this shift.

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