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Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan sites Manufacturing Connect in Op-Ed

The Chicago Tribune, on April 11, published an Op-Ed by former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan entitled “Why post high school planning matters.”  In his piece he cites Manufacturing Connect as an example of the kind of training and education that helps prepare students for the future. Press here to read the article   […]

MR Welcomes Three Dynamic New Board Members

I’m honored to announce that Manufacturing Renaissance has added three great people to our Board of Directors—opening up new possibilities for the organization. Glad to have them on our team! Teresa Cordova—the Director of the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois—a leading policy center; Victor Dickson, President/CEO of the Safer Foundation—a ...

Manufacturing, Race and Community Paper

Manufacturing, Race and Community Paper

Dan Swinney calls for innovation in both manufacturing and social inclusion in this summary of Manufacturing Renaissance’s “Go Big or Go Home” proposal developed for the MacArthur Foundation’s 100andChange grant competition. Although Manufacturing Renaissance did not make the top-ten finalists, the proposal of what a scaled-up system could look like that builds ...

“Go Big or Go Home!” MR and friends just getting started…

“Go Big or Go Home!” MR and friends just getting started…

Dear friends, As you know, we applied for the MacArthur100&Change grant last fall asking for $100 million in support of taking our education, workforce development, community development, and industrial retention system to scale in Cook County. We made the first cut meeting the criteria that our program was “meaningful”, verifiable and supported by evidence, ...

Letter the Editor of the Sun-Times: Manufacturing Training and Jobs can curb violence

Letter the Editor of the  Sun-Times: Manufacturing Training and Jobs can curb violence

In Maudlyne Ihejirika’s article titled “Chicago needs urban renewal not tweets” (Feb. 7), she reports that Austin area community leaders urged the president to focus his attention, and a healthy chunk of resources, on poverty eradication and jobs rather than on rhetoric. This group, citing a recent study on violence and poverty in the African-American […]

New Partnership Brings Adult CNC Training Back to Austin

New Partnership Brings Adult CNC Training Back to Austin

Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) is replicating its hallmark Careers in Manufacturing Programs to the west side of Chicago in partnership with Austin Coming Together and Manufacturing Renaissance. Operating out of the Austin College & Career Academy, JARC will provide manufacturing job training and support services for low-income adults from the Austin ...

MR in Philanthropy Journal News

MR in Philanthropy Journal News

January 9, 2017 –  Read about the Manufacturing Connect story in this month’s Philanthropy Journal News.  The article highlights the experience of “Alex” who is one of MC’s program alumni now working for a local manufacturer and finding long-term success.

Support Manufacturing Renaissance on #ILGive

Support Manufacturing Renaissance on #ILGive

Check out our profile on #ILGive! Manufacturing Renaissance is one of many non-profits participating in #ILGive this year.  Please consider donating to help us keep up the work-intensive, individualized training, coaching, case management and leadership development for the youth and young adults we serve through Manufacturing Connect and the Young Manufacturers ...

MC Acknowledged with an Award for Excellence

MC Acknowledged with an Award for Excellence

On October 7th at the National Career Pathways Network Annual Conference in Indianapolis, MR was awarded the Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award, Honorable Mention, for the Manufacturing Connect program.  This is significant recognition in that there were 29 programs nationally being recognized as promising practice, the MC program was recognized among ...

A Proposal for Scalable Community Development

A Proposal for Scalable Community Development

MR, with support from NIMS, the Chicago Federation of Labor, the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation, OAI and other key advisers, successfully submitted the preliminary application for the MacArthur Foundation 100 & Change grant. The proposal for a regional development initiative is based on lessons learned over MR’s 30 years’ experience to scale up ...

Everyday is Mfg Day at the Chicagoland Mfg Renaissance Council!

Everyday is Mfg Day at the Chicagoland Mfg Renaissance Council!

October 7th was Manufacturing Day and CMRC members were out and about in our communities like usual to help get the word out about manufacturing.  On the West Side, about 120 students from Austin College and Career Academy and Spencer Elementary Technology Academy participated in three simultaneous events with local manufacturing companies and at an […]

First MC Program Alum to Make Apprentice

First MC Program Alum to Make Apprentice

Terrance, Manufacturing Connect participant and 2011 graduate from Austin Polytech, now currently employed at Dudek & Bock Spring Manufacturing Co. was a machine operator but has just been promoted this month to Tool & Die Apprentice along with a $2.00 raise.  Terrance is now a member of the Young Manufacturers Association, looking forward to keeping […]

New Manufacturing Connect Mentoring Website Launched

New Manufacturing Connect Mentoring Website Launched

Manufacturing Career and College Connect (M3C) Mentoring is available to all M3C participants at Austin College and Career Academy (formally Austin Polytechnical Academy). Our goal is to recruit 60 mentors this school year to match with M3C participants.  Potential mentors and mentees can find out about mentoring and how to apply to participate in the […]

Sweet! Summer Internships

Sweet! Summer Internships

Two MC interns were featured in this great video on CBS News this week to share what they are learning about careers at Ferrara Candy Company. These interns are spending a week in each of six different departments to learn about all different facets of manufacturing, from the business side to the production side. Special […]

Class of 2012 Meets Class of 2020

Class of 2012 Meets Class of 2020

As we congratulate the 27 Manufacturing Connect (MC) graduating class of 2016 participants and support them in taking their first steps into college or a career-job, we are eager to have some of them join the ranks of the Young Manufacturers Association (YMA). The YMA is a small but growing network of young adults who’s […]

Thank you to the Manufacturer who went into a public school on the West Side of Chicago and came out making a difference… Bill Vogel

Thank you to the Manufacturer who went into a public school on the West Side of Chicago and came out making a difference… Bill Vogel

About 10 years ago, I was talking with Bill Vogel at what was then his company—DeCardy Diecasting. We talked about the fact that so many young people didn’t have a clue of the opportunities in local manufacturing companies that could provide a secure future for an employee and his or her family. Bill commented that […]

MC Partners Have Spoken!

MC Partners Have Spoken!

Manufacturing Connect participants are WORK READY, like Brandon pictured here with his DeCardy DieCasting internship supervisor George. A big THANK YOU to 12 manufacturers who hosted 26 Manufacturing Connect participants for a Spring Break Internship during the week of April 18th. We just received the work readiness assessments back from the hosting companies and ...

Manufacturing Connect: a replicable model in urban high school education

Manufacturing Connect: a replicable model in urban high school education

There’s a new paper on our Manufacturing Connect program in the Austin community written by Nichola Lowe, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina. Manufacturing Connect is a program of Manufacturing Renaissance. Professor Lowe writes: Chicago’s Manufacturing Connect program, demonstrate(es) opportunities for providing high school ...

Dan Swinney on WTTW Chicago Tonight

Dan Swinney on WTTW Chicago Tonight

March 21, 2016 – Dan Swinney was asked to talk about the opportunities in manufacturing as part of a story that aired on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight about Nabisco workers who lost their jobs because the production of Oreo cookies are being moved to Mexico. http://  

UIC Engineering Students Mentor Austin Youth

UIC Engineering Students Mentor Austin Youth

Manufacturing Connect is partnering with UIC with a site-based STEM-Business Mentoring Program, providing 1-on-1 meetings with students and caring adult mentors who meet once or twice a month for an hour, over the period of a year. Mentors transparently share their life experiences as a means of helping students navigate the world and plan their future. […]

M3C Participant Earns POSSE 4-year Scholarship

M3C Participant Earns POSSE 4-year Scholarship

Manufacturing Career & College Connect (M3C) senior Jervon Adams, pictured on the right, has just earned the competitive POSSE Foundation Scholarship with fellow student DeShawn Adams (no relation, pictured on the left).  Both youth men have earned a 4-year scholarship to prestigious Trinity College in Connecticut.  Jervon worked closely with Ms. Barnett, M3C ...

Introducing the New Chicago School

Introducing the New Chicago School

A small and growing group of community development and community-based organizational leaders are creating a network called the New Chicago School of Community Economic Development. This network meets to discuss and build consensus around key elements of a proactive agenda that  is intentionally in contrast to the internationally known “Chicago School of ...

Evanston Township HS Launches Upgraded Advanced Manufacturing Lab

Evanston Township HS Launches Upgraded Advanced Manufacturing Lab

Township educators, manufacturing company partners, students, government officials and friends cut the ribbon on November 10, 2015 on modern facilities designed to better prepare students for manufacturing-related college and career options.   Manufacturing Renaissance helped design the facility, and provided a machining curriculum to help its students earn NIMS ...

M3C Program Alumni Making Their Way

M3C Program Alumni Making Their Way

Dee Dee Jones, Industry Coordinator, checks in with M3C alumni Mark Class of 2012 grad, Deshawn, Billy and Donald 2015 grads, on the job at PSI, a diesel engine manufacturer in Woodale, IL. All working full-time as diesel engine assemblers.  These young men are on their way!

Dan Swinney Published in The Bridge, Fall Issue

Dan Swinney Published in The Bridge, Fall Issue

The National Academy of Engineering’s publication The Bridge published Dan’s article “Balancing Innovation in Technology with Social Inclusion: The Second Industrial Revolution.” This is an influential journal read by members of Congress, the White House and other national policy centers.  Dan’s article highlights how social ...

Mfg Day 2015 A Big Success!

Mfg Day 2015 A Big Success!

  In this photo Class of 2011 and 2012 alumni Terrence Wilson, Machine Operator at Dudek & Bock Spring Mfg Co., and Rahkeem Buford, Machinist at Paasche Airbrush, took the afternoon off from their jobs to come speak to over 200 students for our Mfg Day “Passport to Careers and College” Open House to share their […]

The Detroit Manufacturing Renaissance Council Focuses on the Horizon

The Detroit Manufacturing Renaissance Council Focuses on the Horizon

The Detroit Manufacturing Renaissance Council is making substantial progress as a strategic coalition of determined partners who are committed to a thriving and robust manufacturing sector in Detroit. Now in it’s second full year as an organized committee, the DMRC is on a path to truly making a name for itself in the region. William […]

Chicago School Helps to Bring Manufacturing Jobs Back

Chicago School Helps to Bring Manufacturing Jobs Back

AFT president Randi Weingarten took time on Jan. 17 to visit staff, students and partners at Chicago high schools that are tailored to a basic truth: Students are more apt to stay engaged in learning when they draw the connection between their studies and the successful careers and lives they dream of having down the […]

First Dual-Credit Class at Austin Polytech a Success!

First Dual-Credit Class at Austin Polytech a Success!

CHICAGO—Back in January this year, 19 Austin Polytech Juniors passed the Compass placement test to earn a spot in the first Career and Technical Education (CTE) dual-credit class in partnership with City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at Austin Polytechnical Academy (APA) on the Austin Multiplex campus. 16 Austin Polytech students […]

Multiple Pathways for Success

Multiple Pathways for Success

Multiple Pathways for Success: Here are four stories that give you a snapshot of what the Manufacturing Connect program means for students graduating from Austin Polytech. These are just a few of the stories that demonstrate the reality that there are multiple pathways for success for students even in the most troubled school districts when […]