DeKalb County EDC advocates workforce development through annual Heavy Metal Tour.

The DeKalb-Ogle County Workforce Development Consortium (aka DOWDC) began 6 years ago as a vision/pilot program.  The DCEDC Board of Directors and Executive staff recognized the strong need for this program.  This program evolved through the implementation of DCEDC’s industrial initiative.

Gene Fogle is a former Manufacturing professional, and Educator. Fogle accepted the challenge to oversee the pilot program.  One, of the many things that Gene facilitates for the high school youth interested in learning more about industrial careers and the required education, is hosting a Heavy Metal Tour each October.  On Friday, October 19th, over 100 high school students from Sycamore High School, DeKalb, High School, Genoa-Kingston High School, and Rochelle Township High School spent the day touring local businesses to learn more about careers within trades, engineering, and business.

We sincerely appreciate the educators for supporting this important program, the businesses who have graciously opened their facilities to the students, and the volunteers/chaperones. Daily Chronicle Reporter/Photographer Katie Finlon covered the tour.  Click here to read the complete article.  Heavy Metal Tour Article

DOWDC is a division of DCEDC. DCEDC is an organized 501 C 3 nonprofit organization.  Tax-deductible contributions are critical to continue this program. We sincerely appreciate your consideration and your support!

If you would like more information about this program, please contact Gene Fogle at 815-593-0865, or to email Gene, please click here