Caterpillar, MAG make major donation to new IVCC center
An Illinois Valley Community College program recently received a $900,000 donation boost. IVCC administration officials on Monday announced the college has signed a partnership deal with MAG IAS, LLC, the largest machine tool manufacturer in the United States, and the Caterpillar-Aurora facility that will upgrade the college’s machinist program with two pieces of industrial equipment in exchange for offering classes that will train Caterpillar and MAG employees. These classes contain 14 weeks of classroom and hands-on lab instruction and four weeks of machine- and tool-specific training, the first class of 10 employees will have 12 weeks of on-the-job training at Caterpillar-Aurora. MAG’s donation will be a $300,000 vertical machining center that is to be located inside the currently-under-construction, Peter Miller Community Technology Center. A $600,000 horizontal machining center will be donated by Caterpillar within the next three years. While the donations will allow both companies to use IVCC to upgrade the training of their employees, students in the college’s CNC program also will be given opportunities to work with the machines. Contractors had to add 4 inches of concrete to the under-construction lab to support the donations to be the centerpiece of the new building’s CNC lab. In my opinion, I think it’s great that IVCC is expanding into other areas of business and is giving students and others the opportunity to train and work with such big corporations like MAG and Caterpillar.