Governor Rauner visits Rockford high school

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A manufacturing program at Jefferson High School caught the attention of Governor Bruce Rauner and Senator Dave Syverson.

The two spent an hour touring the school, talking to students at workshops about the Engineering, Manufacturing, Industrial and Trades Technology (EMITT) Academy that's offered at Jefferson. The academy gives students hands-on experience and even offers certification programs.

Governor Rauner said neighboring states have been growing manufacturing jobs and it's time Illinois does the same.

"[It's an] outstanding opportunity for students to have hands-on learning with real work experience. And partnering the way that the business community has donated equipment and developed a relationship with the high school is phenomenal. And the cooperation as well with Rock Valley Community College. These young people, they're our future, and they have a great education and great hands-on training here. And this is a role model we'd like to move all across the state of Illinois," said Governor Rauner.

Governor Rauner said engineering is a booming sector and it's programs like the one at Jefferson High School that will help students get good paying jobs.

The EMITT Academy is designed to help students get on the path toward jobs in fields such as architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing operations, skilled trades and transportation technology.

For more information on the EMITT Academy click here.