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Community Spotlight: Cynthia Campos of Bartlett

This week, Senator McConnaughay spotlights Cynthia Campos of Bartlett, a modern-day Blacksmith at just 18 years of age.

Cynthia says she has long wanted to be a Blacksmith, but did not immediately share her dream with others because they might think it was an odd choice for a young woman, or question its financial security as a career. She was told it might make a nice hobby.

At South Elgin High School, she mentioned her interest in working with metals to her counselor, who then pointed her in the direction of precision manufacturing. Thanks to an amazing teacher who encouraged her interest and helped focus her talents on computer numerical controlled (CNC) lathes – as well as her own hard work and dedication – Cynthia left high school with two National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Certifications. She now works as a CNC Set-up Operator with Smith & Richardson of Geneva.

"This is about a young woman who knew what she wanted and went after it. Cynthia would not let others re-direct her to career choices they thought might be more suitable for her," said Senator McConnaughay. "This is also about a South Elgin High School counselor who recognized Cynthia’s career interest and talents, and steered her in the right direction to help her reach her goal."

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