Each year, the TREP board agrees upon a program of work that brings together the business and education communities to benefit today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce. Recognizing that the partnerships, the relationships between the schools and the businesses are the highest priority, TREP’s program of work focuses upon programs that build or strengthen partnerships between education and business. To that end, TREP offers programs for educators and students. The educator offerings are focused upon how business uses STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills to enable educators to bring the “real-world” applications and relevancy to CTE (Career or Technical Education) or science instruction.
Additionally, TREP champions programs oriented for students that enhance the school experience while building students’ skills in the following areas:
Some new initiatives for 2023 include leveraging the MFG DAY experience to include a second focused career awareness event at the employer locations, creating a louder voice to support the new ISBE, High School, College and Career Pathway Endorsement for manufacturing, which will be conferred with the 2027 high school graduating class, and hosting a roundtable discussion, “Educator / Employer Roundtable — Employee Wellness Support in a Post COVID World.”
TREP offers customizable classroom presentations explaining Will County and Grundy County’s employment strengths, its role in the global economy and how technology, impact on careers for the Will and Grundy areas including the skills needed to compete. (Focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skill development.)
In partnership with the Regional Office of Education, TREP hosts a workshop created for high school guidance counselors. 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 receive 6.5 PD hours through ISBE, and a light breakfast and lunch are provided.
TREP is working to increase the number of summer high school intern placements for those working towards an Illinois State approved manufacturing high school diploma endorsement. TREP’s role is to create a “louder voice for manufacturing” and bring partners and resources to ensure that the graduating class of 2027 will have the manufacturing endorsement on their diploma. The endorsement demonstrates a student achievement, as students must earn the endorsement by combining their manufacturing dual credit courses, manufacturing career awareness activities, competitions, and manufacturing work experiences.
Be sure to check for the Summer 2023 intern offerings!
Teachers have a special relationship with the subjects they teach. It is this affection and appreciation 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.
This course uses the business community to showcase how S.T.E.M. concepts are applied in the workplace and focuses on the Industry Internet of Things (IoT), AI with automation and the career changes through the pandemic. Teachers will go to the businesses, tour the facilities and will have access to speak with technical staff members and executives, for the purpose of gaining real-world applications, lesson extensions, and lesson enhancements for the subjects they teach.
Typical costs for a 3-hour credit graduate course are between $1400 – $3,500. However, with TREP, the total cost for this 3 graduate credit hours is only $400, or it can be taken for IBSE 37.5 ISBE Educator Licensure PD Hours by emailing Gina Korczak at GKorczak@stfrancis.edu or calling 815-740-3743.
SAVE the DATE — MFG DAY 2023 is October 3rd! TREP is working with TRMA and their education partner, JJC, to create a louder voice for local manufacturing through their MFG DAY event that brings manufacturers, science and technology, and the career pathways together for area high-school students. For more information … CLICK HERE.
In 2022 (the 7th time,) there were OVER 775 students from 11 area schools in attendance to engage with 150+ volunteers from industry.
TREP collected and organized career videos for high school students to explore manufacturing related careers organized into types:
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.
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.
For the seventh year, TREP is inviting TREP member middle and high school students to create a poster that focuses on SAFETY—recognizing and eliminating safety hazards. The safety topics often span student safety at school, healthy lifestyle choices, appropriate PPE, safe-driving, and more.
The 2023 TREP Safety Competition is made possible by the generous support of:
In 2023, TREP recognized 33 high school students and 46 middle school students. Each recognized student received a certificate of achievement, a poster (full sized 16″ x 20″ poster), and a monetary gift.
TREP showcases the winning posters in its Poster Gallery and ENCOURAGES you to download and print any poster for display at your location. TRMA/TREP proudly refreshes its wall art yearly from this competition, as does so many other facilities.
Click to see: 2023 High School Winner
Click to see: 2023 Middle School Winners
To download, double-click on the thumbnail sized picture to load a PDF file. This file can be saved and printed in a poster size. If you need a file different format, please contact TREP.
2022 High School Winner
2022 Middle School Winners
2021 High School Winner
2021 Middle School Winners
2020 High School Winner
2020 Middle School Winners
2019 High School
2019 Middle School
2018 High School
2018 Middle School
2017 High school
2017 Middle school
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.
New in 2023…The schools welcome and support the MFG DAY event, which is recognized as a career exploration activity in the new ISBE, High School, College and Career Pathway Endorsement for manufacturing. Students must complete two career exploration activities. By leveraging MFG DAY to schedule a second manufacturing exploration activity, an onsite job-shadow visit to TREP businesses, TREP integrates a targeted extension to the MFG DAY learning experience. Both activities allow students to take a deeper dive into the quality of the companies, the quality and variety of careers, and the supported pathways with a career cluster that can also lead to a possible high school diploma endorsement (e.g., the Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology, and Trades endorsement area can have specific pathways in Manufacturing, Introduction to Engineering, STEM, Architecture and Construction, etc.)
The 2023 pilot will organize the scheduling of students to dedicated Job-Shadow days with TREP businesses. The host company would introduce the industry and highlight possible career tracks for those pursuing the skilled trades, a certificate/association program, or university program.
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.