Harper also built on its own
model of working in close partnership with regional manufacturers
to help employers fill critical job
shortages at growing businesses.
The Fabricators & Manufacturers
Association Intl. (FMA), Elgin, Ill.,
for example, donated $500,000
toward the construction of the college’s 6,000-sq.-ft. FMA Metal Fabrication Lab, doubling the size of
Harper’s manufacturing facilities.
FMA’s member companies have
loaned equipment to the lab valued
at nearly $1 million.
Harper also works closely with
Rolling Meadows-based Northrop
Grumman, where students are
hired as interns working in mechanics, machining, and electronics. Many have been hired full-time
after completing their internship.
In addition to touring Harper’s
advanced manufacturing and HVAC
labs, Durbin met with college President Dr. Ken Ender and Illinois Sen.
Ann Gillespie to discuss a variety
of higher-education topics, including Harper’s Promise Scholarship
Program, the region’s demographic
changes, and the significant strides
Harper has made in partnership with
area high school districts to increase
the number of students taking dual
credit and decrease the number of
students who need developmental
education upon graduating.
United States Steel announces
electric arc furnace construction
Pittsburgh-based United States
Steel Corp. has announced the restart of construction on an electric arc furnace (EAF) steelmaking
facility at its Tubular Operations in
Fairfield, Ala. U. S. Steel previously
initiated construction of the EAF
in March 2015 and suspended construction in December 2015 because
of unfavorable market conditions.
The investment to complete the
EAF, which includes modernization
of the existing rounds caster, is expected to be about $215 million and
add about 150 full-time employees.
The EAF will have an annual capacity of 1.6 million tons. The furnace
will begin producing steel rounds in
the second half of 2020.
U.S. senator tours Harper College
advanced manufacturing lab
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, who in 2012 helped secure a $12.9
million Department of Labor grant to expand Harper
College’s advanced manufacturing training program to
other community colleges throughout Illinois, recently
got to see some of the grant’s long-lasting effects firsthand during a tour of Harper’s Palatine, Ill., campus.
Harper led the federal grant and worked with 20 oth-
er community colleges to form the Illinois Network for
Advanced Manufacturing and create educational plans
that provide a clear pathway to industry-recognized
credentials in advanced manufacturing. With its share
of the funding, Harper acquired its first two CNC ma-
chines, which now support a CNC precision machining
specialization in the manufacturing technology pro-
gram, as well as a CNC apprenticeship program and a
dedicated CNC lab.