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Picture of Caitlin Widdicombe, Chief Metallurgist and Chris Widdicombe, Melt Shop Electrical Supervisor
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Caitlin Widdicombe, Chief Metallurgist and Chris Widdicombe, Melt Shop Electrical Supervisor

Chief Metallurgist and Melt Shop Electrical Supervisor visit KACC

KACC students had the unique opportunity to hear from two fine team members from NUCOR Steel Kankakee.  Caitlin Widdicombe, Chief Metallurgist and Chris Widdicombe, Melt Shop Supervisor came to KACC and spent an entire day meeting with groups of students from a variety of curriculum areas.  

Director Kelley and Principal Guerin believe opening the opportunity to this variety of students because many of the attributes, knowledge and skill sets developed here at KACC are certainly transferrable to a fine career - whether it be in metallurgy, electrical engineering, production, manufacturing, welding, etc.

The presentation initiated with an overall background on NUCOR Steel, the corporate culture, values, and letting students know just how much an emphasis is placed on safety. 

Of course, there was information surrounding the specific skill sets and some of the personality traits needed to be successful.  Students learned about how employees who do well at their entry-level positions and work hard, embrace learning new skills, being a good team member/collaborator as well as taking a leadership role when appropriate, typically find themselves continuing on in a good career within a variety of position withing NUCOR - some even across state lines - considering they are a national firm.


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Manufacturing today, as students are discovering, is not manufacturing of old.  For this reason, Ms. Widdicombe and Mr. Widdicombe presented information about the products made at NUCOR and walked students through the manufacturing process, including a video presentation. 


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The opportunities at a firm like NUCOR Steel are fantastic.  NUCOR, in particular is investing 180 million dollars to expand their local operation and plan on adding 50 to 80 team members. While students between the ages of 17-19 might not realize the importance - a company with a good future, potential for personal and professional growth and a great benefits package including health insurance and 401 program will always be highly sought and rewarding - certainly something worth studying and working toward.

Thanks Widdicombes and NUCOR Steel for spending a meaningful and insightful day at KACC!

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