Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:55:06 +0000Parkland ECCAParkland ECCAhttp://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12463/6836870?cpt=8&wpid=2637WCIA>>matt: they want people to support the great meals they do. a lot of pressure for the whole opportunity to enjoy sunday dinner with a french meal. gary, thank you so much. we will connect you to everything happening at the spice box at ciliving.tv. that was really good. >>heather: high school is a time when many kids figure out what they want to do for the rest of their lives. >>matt: we help students reach that decision - - ciliving's ryan burk. [indiscernible] >>ryan: if you see our maid in illinois stories we do, one of the things i hear is we have a hard time finding skilled people to do these jobs. i wanted to find out what is out there to encourage young people and i found this unique program. - - is busy studying. while others are studying from a book, he is studying out in the field. >> in high school we don't have any - - or anything like that. this has opened up my understanding of different things. i've learned different stuff i definitely would not have figured out. >>ryan: - - is one of many students learning about mechanical power transmission at parkland college as part of the early college academy. a chance to learn about the field before graduation. >> i wanted to get into the college experience. i figured a credit was a good way to get my schooling done while i'm still going to high school. >>ryan: a program with a mission. to encourage high schoolers to consider fields in manufacturing in an age where many schools have a problem providing the training. >> this a lot of expensive equipment. a lot of expertise needed from the instructor. in these programs, we don't have enough students interested to take it in high school. we pull resources and pull students, we can learn full sections. >>ryan: full sections teaching things like pneumatics and drafting and inspiring careers. >> welding, one of the classes was a really good one that i think impacted me the most. it's something i want to do in the future. >> it's so hands-on, i learn something new every day. >>ryan: students are able to see what the manufacturing field is really like. they learn quickly it may be different than they thought. >> not all manufacturing is being shipped overseas. i hear that a lot. it's on the news almost every night. what we've lost as far as manufacturing. i would prefer to focus on what we still have and what we can gain. there are companies that are bringing back production to the u.s. from international interests.