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TREP offers programs for educators and students. The educator programs are focused upon Smiling woman standin on the top stephow business uses STEM skills—the “real-world” applications and relevancy for CTE or science subjects. 

TREP champions programs oriented for students that enhance the school experience while building students’ skills in the following areas:

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Perseverance
  • Applied S.T.E.M.

TREP programs include:

Career Success in the Global Economy Presentation
Customizable classroom presentation explaining the global economy's impact on careers for the Will and Grundy areas including the skills needed to compete. (Focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skill development.)

Counselor Workshops

The state education standards demands “college and career ready,” but readiness is more than a PARCC test score. This readiness requires a combination of academic attributes and skills with a plethora of non-cognitive “soft” skills. Moreover, different careers have different expectations for readiness—One size does NOT fit all.

Participants will receive 6.5 PD hours through ISBE, and a light breakfast and lunch are provided.

Next workshop runs April 26th, 2019

Making S.T.E.M. Relevant
Teachers have a special relationship with the subjects they teach. It is this affection and Smiling woman standin on the top stepappreciation that makes them want to share it with their students in rigorous and relevant ways. Each summer, with University of St. Francis, TREP coordinates resources to offer a 3-graduate hour course, for teachers and counselors to explore how science and math content matter is applied in the work world to further expand their ability to engage and motivate student learning.

Next sessions runs June 24-28, 2019 to explore how S.T.E.M. content matter is applied in business.

LEGO MINDSTORMS Education Robotics EV3
Students design and build a robot to address a problem that is/was solved in manufacturing by robotics or automation. The business mentor guides the students to think creatively to solve problems using automation i.e., with the creation of a LEGO robot. (Typically a 6 week after school program at the middle school).

TREP is working with TRMA to create a louder voice for local manufacturing to develop an event that brings manufacturers, their science and technology, and the career pathways together for area high-school students. More information ... CLICK HERE.

For pictures on MFG DAY 2018 or MFG DAY 2017

Project Infinite Green
Project Infinite Green encourages STEM education by taking local school children on a journey through the energy sources we rely on in our modern world. For more information visit

Plant or Business Tours
TREP arranges class tours designed for career awareness or work-readiness opportunities. For teachers desiring relevant real-world applications for learning, our advanced manufacturing plants, distribution facilities and healthcare businesses provide real-world applications for most science topics. Teacher Tours can be arranged upon request.

Process Technology Initiative
A certification program for Process Operations Technicians resulted from the collaborative effort between Joliet Junior College and local petrochemical, chemical, and energy generating companies. TREP continues to participate in the roundtable of educators and company leaders to ensure the program provides current, relevant and in-demand job training skills.

Safety POSTER Competition


For the fourth year, students from TREP member middle and high schools were invited to create a poster that focuses on SAFETY—recognizing and eliminating safety hazards. Not only are the number of submission and schools participating increasing, but the quality and creativity are on the rise.

In 2019, 29 high school submissions were awarded scholarships and recognized as were 30 middle school submissions.

Click to see: 2019 High School Winner

Click to see: 2019 Middle School Winners

Previous Year Winners:

2018 High School

2018 Middle School

2017 High school

2017 Middle school

2016 Winners

Speakers' Bureau
TREP assists schools by securing speakers for their classrooms and other events. In an effort to address tomorrow’s work force, the speakers’ focus is limited to: manufacturing, distribution & healthcare careers, energy, math & science topics, or work-readiness.

Teacher Job Shadow / Intern Professional Development Opportunities
Teachers “intern” or “job shadow” with a business for between 3 -10 days to receive hands-on-training/ business experience and to observe and apply technology and subject area content.








Join our Partnership

TREP is first and foremost an education-business partnership. All of our initiatives and projects depend on our membership’s engagement with one another.

There is an interrelationship between good schools, good businesses and good communities.


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