Hyundai WIA Donation Heralds Wider Efforts in Chicago
The company says a new technology center will further support area educational efforts.
Hyundai WIA hosted a ceremony during IMTS to mark the donation of its latest-generation VMC, a F400 Value Master, to the Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center (HPVEC) of City Colleges of Chicago. Also during the ceremony, Ki Hyo Park, president of Hyundai WIA America, formally announced plans to construct a Midwestern Technology Center in the Chicago area.
The donation is “only the first step” in the company’s long-term efforts to strengthen manufacturing education in the Chicago area, says Dave Barber, marketing manager. “Given the IMTS show, the mismatch between people looking for work and companies looking to fill technical positions, coupled with the fact that educational outreach to local manufacturers will be a major focus of Hyundai WIA’s new technical center, we thought this donation would be a great opportunity to start advancing some of the company’s larger goals here in Chicago.”