NEWS: Are you a West Leyden student looking to take metalworking classes?  We are in the process of creating a Metals Lab at the West campus!

The Metals curriculum provides opportunities for students to learn about modem technical practices, industrial organizations, and the role of technology in our industrial society. Students are encouraged to explore several courses, specialize in a specific course area, and ultimately participate in the school/industry cooperative work program.

  • Manufacturing sustains 406,700 jobs in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville area, employs 10% of the Illinois workforce, and generates $1.6 trillion nationally each year. On its own, U.S. manufacturing would be the 8th largest economy in the world.
  • Manufacturing creates high-paying jobs to strengthen our middle class. In 2009, the average U.S. manufacturing worker earned $72,258 in pay and benefits, compared to $58,411 for the average non-manufacturing worker.
  • Manufacturing is responsible for half of all research and development in the United States -- more than any other sector. Manufacturing drives innovation, keeping the US competitive in the global knowledge economy.

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