The McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) hosted a trip to the International Manufacturing Technology Show, Chicago – September 10 to 15, 2012 for over 844 McHenry County High School Students!
Since over 25% of McHenry County’s economic wealth is created by our manufacturing community, we felt it important to reach out to our high school students so they could have an opportunity to see firsthand, the exciting careers available in the manufacturing industry.
Through this opportunity, our students will see some of the world’s most cutting-edge technology and hopefully reinforce the need and spark an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education at the secondary and post-secondary level. We hope that this endeavor will stimulate technical interest in young people, to eliminate antiquated stereotypes of STEM-related careers, and that through this experience, students will consider careers in these fields which are needed, valued and impact our economy.
The 844 high school students were from 9 different - Alden-Hebron, Cary-Grove, Harvard, Huntley, Johnsburg, McHenry, Marengo, Richmond-Burton and Woodstock.
Each of the 15 chartered buses had video capabilities to show a specially created video on their way to and from the show. This 20 minute video was created by MCEDC and produced by Robin F. Pendergrast Photography especially for this event. It features Doug Oberhelman, CEO of Caterpillar and Woodstock native, as well as some of McHenry County’s manufacturers, their equipment and their products.
Please contact MCEDC for a copy of the video at 815.893.0895.