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Joliet Junior College professor Mary Sue Gurka (left) guides Minooka High School senior Cole Gerovac (right) in how to use the Fanuc Robotics LR Mate 200 iD/4S during Joliet Junior College's fifth annual Manufacturing Day, held Oct. 9 at the college's main campus in Joliet. The robot is used in a number of industrial applications, including the assembly of parts and welding in automotive.

Joliet Junior College professor Mary Sue Gurka (left) guides Minooka High School senior Cole Gerovac (right) in how to use the Fanuc Robotics LR Mate 200 iD/4S during Joliet Junior College's fifth annual Manufacturing Day, held Oct. 9 at the college's main campus in Joliet. The robot is used in a number of industrial applications, including the assembly of parts and welding in automotive.

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Manufacturing Day opens opportunities

Nearly 800 students attended the fifth annual Manufacturing Day at Joliet Junior College. The event on Oct. 9th introduced high school students not only to technical careers in human resources, finance and computer science, but also informed them of the technical skills needed to secure employment and succeed in the manufacturing industry. “The more we educate students on what manufacturing involves, the more likely they will gravitate toward related fields of study,” said Amy Murphy, dean of applied arts, workforce education and training for Joliet Junior College. The event was a partnership between Joliet Junior College and Three Rivers Manufacturers’ Association.