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Phibro Animal Health Corporation establishes a Regulatory Affairs Specialist apprenticeship!

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Employer Name: Phibro Animal Health Corporation
Date: 09/17/2021
Career Pathway: Manufacturing
Program: Apprenticeship Illinois
Location of Service: 62305-7534

The Regulatory Affairs Specialist apprenticeship will help Phibro carry out their mission to provide safe and effective solutions for their customer’s unique challenges in optimizing animal health and nutrition for better lives and a more sustainable world. The apprentice will gain understanding and application of evolving basic and translational science, regulatory science and public health concepts to drive new approaches to improve the development, review and oversight of their products.

Phibro’s story begins with a goal of contributing to a healthy, affordable food supply by helping farmers responsibly care for their animals. With determination and integrity, we have grown into a global company. Now 1,400 strong, our team values the trust placed in our products and our people.

Our commitment to excellence is demonstrated every day by members of our team, who like to say, “it’s just what we do” when really… it is who we are. Our broad portfolio of products, backed by in-house manufacturing, innovative research and exceptional service, are the core of our partnerships with farmers, ranchers and veterinarians. With a growing line of natural, sustainably produced products, we offer responsible solutions to help support the health of all animal species, including cattle, poultry, swine and aquaculture.

Our future looks extremely bright, guided by the same commitment to integrity and hard work that brought us to where we are today. Our beliefs and responsibilities are core to our operations each and every day.

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Navigating College and Career Choices

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Name: Clayton
Date: 09/16/2021
Career Pathway: Manufacturing
Program: Apprenticeship Illinois
Location of Service: 60513-2406

In high school, I wanted to go into the electrical field. My high school offered little to no support or information in such programs. This left me with no guidance on what I wanted to do or where I should go after high school. I enrolled at the College of DuPage knowing that they offered programs of interest to me, yet I still was not sure of what I wanted to excel in. During the first semester, I took classes that would push me in the right direction of where I knew I wanted to go. This led me into my concentration of electro-mechanical technology.

One day while walking to one of my classes, I saw a flyer for Project Hire-Ed and signed up for the informational meeting. I immediately signed up for the program. The program helped me with resumes, interviews, and introduced me to SWD, Inc., the company I am working for now. I am a year into the apprenticeship program, and I can confidently say that I would not be where I am today without Project Hire-Ed. I have been able to learn on the job at SWD while also applying all the skills I have developed through my classes. Also, my coworkers are always there to help me when I have questions and to teach me new concepts. I now have a great support system that includes SWD, the individuals at Project Hire-Ed, and at the College of DuPage. 

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Cam'ron's Commitment to College

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Name: Camron
Date: 09/16/2021
Career Pathway: Business, Management and Administration
Program: IDHS Youth Programs
Impacted Geographical Area: State (Illinois)
Location of Service: 60475-1305

Cam'ron came into Aunt Martha's CYEP program while attending Bloom Trail High School. Cam'ron was a referral from Aunt Martha's Prevention program. Cam'ron got a carpentry apprenticeship through H&M Construction while in the CYEP Summer program. Cam'ron remained active after completing his work assignment and went off to college. Once Cam'ron figured out his true calling, he came back to the IYIP summer program in June 2021 and participated in "The Healing Illinois" project where youth had a chance to create a mural that spoke to the disparities that minorities face in underserved communities. Cam'ron is currently in his sophomore year for business administration. Please see what Cam'ron had to say about his time in Aunt Martha's IYIP program. 

  1. How was your experience with Aunt Martha’s IYIP Program?

My overall experience in Aunt Martha’s IYIP program was all together both informational, educational and full of enjoyment. Here I was given an opportunity to better myself and those around me while working in a safe judgement free productive environment.

  1. What did you get out of the program?

I gained better management and solving skills, as well as, a better sense of leadership and responsibility for me and my actions through the activities and problem solving sessions we came up with in the program.

  1. What did you learn?

 I learned how to come up with community wide events to help better the people, get down to the root of problems in our area and those surrounding it and saw how much of a difference I could make.

  1. What was your experience like with your Career Coach?

It was very helpful, my career coach helped me through the program whenever I felt confusion and helped show me all the possible career options that would fit for me the most.

  1. What did you enjoy most about the program?

I enjoyed most of the hands-on or interactive activities we had that would require me to use what I learned here.

  1. What are you currently doing? Are you working? Attending college?

 Currently, I am attending Western Illinois University for Business Administration.

  1. Would you recommend the IYIP program to someone? Why or Why not?

I would without a doubt recommend this program to all either entering into their high school years or newly graduated as it helps you gain a feel for career paths you may want to try with a supportive staff that helps you decide the best choice for you along the way that aligns with your passions.

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Lamya loves learning!

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Name: Lamya
Date: 09/16/2021
Career Pathway: Law, Public Safety and Security
Program: IDHS Youth Programs
Impacted Geographical Area: State (Illinois)
Location of Service: 60429-1518

Lamya came into the Aunt Martha's CYEP program originally while attending Hillcrest High School. Lamya got a chance to explore the food and hospitality industry with a work experience at Tea's Cakes in Country Club Hills, IL. Lamya stayed involved in the program while she completed high school. Once the IYIP Summer Program began in June 2021 Lamya came back for another internship at The Nature Conservancy in Markham, IL. She graduated high school in May 2021. Lamya is finishing her internship and preparing to join Aunt Martha's WIOA program, where she was referred to by her IYIP career coach. Lamya plans to attend college in January 2022. When we sat down with Lamya to see what she had to say it was impressive to say the least! Please see Lamya's own words about her experience in Aunt Martha's IYIP program. 

  1. How was your experience with Aunt Martha’s IYIP Program?

It was great, I really liked the jobs they chose for me while completing high school. It really opened my eyes to try new things.

  1. What did you get out of the program?

What I got is that it’s okay to try different career paths and some of them may be out of your confined skills, but it gives you a chance to learn.  

  1. What did you learn?

There is nothing wrong with trying new things, and I gained new skills through my internship.

  1. What was your experience like with your Career Coach?

I really liked my career coach, Ms. Veach. She always stays in contact with me to make sure I have everything done on time or to see if I need anything or help.

  1. What did you enjoy most about the program?

I really like how they made me confident about my choices. Also, how comfortable and safe they make me feel.

  1. What are you currently doing? Are you working? Attending college?

I’m getting set up for working with their other program (WIOA) that Ms. Veach referred me to. I plan on going to college in the spring for social work.

  1. Would you recommend the IYIP program to someone? Why or Why not?

I would recommend the IYIP program to someone because it is a really great way to help you get back on your feet. It’s easy money to make.

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RLC Student Lands Apprenticeship with North American Lighting

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Name: Anthony
Date: 09/16/2021
Career Pathway: Manufacturing
Program: Apprenticeship Illinois
Location of Service: 62864-0000

This past summer changed Kyle Garrison’s life. The 37-year-old Mt. Vernon man knew he wanted a new career. He was working in the food industry. When he learned about the Pre-Apprentice program offered through Rend Lake College, he was hoping for a new direction. “I first came to Rend Lake to get my certification in machining and something in manufacturing,” Garrison said. “I enjoy numbers and making stuff. It seemed like the right fit for me.” Before he even completed the program, Garrison was offered an apprentice position at North American Lighting’s Salem facility. Rend Lake College’s 10-week Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship program provided him with the basic skills and knowledge that he could use as he builds his future career. Garrison had previously worked for several years in the oil fields. Being meticulous in his work-he always wondered about a manufacturing career. “They would tell me, ‘That is too exact, Kyle. We are not building a piano.’ We are throwing up some ductwork for an ethanol plant.”

During the 10-week pre-apprenticeship program, students toured manufacturing companies in Rend Lake College’s district. They were introduced to careers in manufacturing and were able to see first-hand how manufacturing careers focus on planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into final products. Students also learned various applications of industrial safety, metal-joining processes used in general industry, construction, and fabrication, and completed employability skills training required for entry into the workforce. The program provides valuable basic skills and hands-on training in manufacturing as well as life and career preparation through units focused on interpersonal skills, teamwork, mechanical aptitude, problem-solving and decision-making.

Joy Fitts, RLC’s Director of Apprenticeships and CTE Support, said, “When students finish the 10-week program, they are prepared to enter into a Registered Apprenticeship program with one of our business partners.” “One of the benefits of the pre-apprenticeship program is that students who have never been inside a manufacturing facility get to experience what a career in manufacturing could look like for their future. They are able to talk with business owners, supervisors and employees about the different jobs in manufacturing, the skills needed to perform those jobs and employer expectations.” Fitts said, “There are several small manufacturers in Southern Illinois that produce unique items that we use every day and the majority of people living in our community have no idea those items are produced here in southern Illinois.”

North American Lighting has nine facilities across the country and it is the largest automotive lighting manufacturer in North America. The amount of technical skills and the encouragement to pay close attention to detail required for the work was right up Garrison’s alley. “A lot of the work at North American Lighting is about quality,” he said. “The paint has to be exact when you are mixing it. They are really particular, and I like it.” Garrison currently is training in the paint department at NAL. Garrison started his apprenticeship on August 9, and the experience will last three years at which time he will finish his associate’s degree in Industrial Electronics and Maintenance. As part of the apprentice requirements, he will work for the company two years after he finishes his coursework, and he will be compensated at a higher rate of pay based on his education. “I will be at top pay within four years,” Garrison said. “With the three years of hands-on training and the schooling, it’s a really good deal.”  

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity funds the grant that supports the Pre-Apprenticeship program at Rend Lake College. Rend Lake College and partners, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges and Lake Land College, first received the grant in June 2020. To date, the colleges have been awarded nearly $200,000 to serve registered apprentices and pre-apprentices throughout southern Illinois.

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I'm proud to be a woman in manufacturing

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Name: Christina
Date: 09/15/2021
Career Pathway: Manufacturing
Program: Apprenticeship Illinois
Impacted Geographical Area: City or ZIP Code
Location of Service: 61101-1169

Christina Schubert loves working with her hands to solve problems. A maintenance registered apprentice, she has weathered losing an apprentice job due to COVID-19, a transfer to Elgin Community College and has come out stronger than ever. Thrilled to be at Mauser Packaging, she's found a home and sees a successful future. She's making more money than she ever made and is planning to continue on, with Mauser's support, to her Bachelor's Degree.