The new Manufacturing Bridge classes will help adult learners prepare for National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials with manufacturing classes combined with adult education classes in a co-teaching model. Adult learners will be able to qualify for the numerous open positions in the local manufacturing industry and increase their earning power. 

District 214 has a nationally acclaimed High School Manufacturing Career Pathway curriculum proven to position students for success, including manufacturing labs at the high schools and dozens of employer partnerships. We are connecting adult learners to this existing manufacturing pathway.

The project will create Manufacturing Bridge classes such as Introduction to Manufacturing and Quality Control, leading to the Measurement, Materials & Safety NIMS credential. Co-teaching and support classes for ABE/ESL learners will be offered in conjunction with the Bridge classes. Students will increase their reading and math skill levels, and may pursue their high school equivalency certificate at the same time. The project hopes to serve a 50 students in the Manufacturing Bridge classes

District 214 Adult Education and Family Literacy Program serves eight communities in the Northwest suburban Chicago areas of Wheeling, Elk Grove, Palatine and Schaumburg Townships and beyond, and is part of Northwest Suburban Area Planning Council #512.

Orientation for Manufacturing Certificate classes will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 13 or Wednesday, Aug. 14 at either 9 am 6:00 pm., in the Theater at Forest View Educational Center (enter Door 1). Orientation will take approximately one hour. Child care is not available.

Class Location: Wheeling High School
Registration: Aug. 20, 21 and 22, 2019 | 9 a.m. or at 6 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center

You must attend at least two of these registration sessions to begin class on September 3, 2019. Registration will include assessment of reading and math skills.

Classes (12 weeks): Monday through Thursday evenings from 6 pm - 9 pm. at Wheeling High School.

To determine if you qualify or for more information contact Julie Frost no later than Aug. 12 at 847-718-7876 or email

District 214 Education Foundation Illinois WorkNet/American Job Center
District 214 Wheeling High School Symbol Training Institute
Eastern Illinois University Tisora Group (manufacturing placement agency)
GCAMP - Golden Corridor Advanced TMA - Technology and Manufacturing Association
Manufacturing Partnership Village of Wheeling
District 211 Adult Education Program Wheeling/Prospect Heights Chamber of Commerce
Harper College  

Funding for this program is provided through Illinois Community College Board, Innovative Bridge and Transitions Program Grant.

Interest Form
Click on the link if you are interested in becoming a student or partnering with District 214 Community Education. gdocs