Inaugural ABC Influencers Connects Educators With McHenry County Businesses


The most important skill the group of several dozen teachers heard about Monday was not how to use the 3D printers and laser cutters shaping conveyor components they saw while touring two Woodstock businesses.

It’s showing up on time.

The group of teachers and staff from Huntley and Harvard school districts marked the inaugural ABC Influencers – the ABC stands for Area Business Connect – which hopes to leverage the role of teachers as mentors to help encourage students become a part of McHenry County’s workforce and find stable jobs in their home county.

The group toured the facilities of MAC Automation Concepts and Flocon Inc., both in Woodstock, to learn about manufacturing sector opportunities available to those without a college degree.

Strengthening the relationship between businesses and educators has become very important as McHenry County’s economy grows but also following the disconnect born out of the pandemic, said Jim McConoughey, president for the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation.

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