Manufacturing Renaissance Hosts Career Day
to Connect CPS Students and Manufacturing Careers
Chicago Public Schools students at Austin College and Career Academy on the west side and Bowen high school on the south side heard from graduates who have successfully navigated manufacturing career pathways to resist negative temptations and earn middle-class incomes, as well as business and industry experts during the I Am Manufacturing event celebrating National Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 6.
West Side business and community leaders along with students from ACCA and neighboring west side schools participated in product demonstrations and games to illustrate the various facets of today’s manufacturing occupations. Students from Bowen High School had the added opportunity to visit Dakkota Integrated Systems company to check out cool machines and the manufacturing process. The event was hosted by each school along with Manufacturing Renaissance (MR).
“Our primary purposes for today’s event are to adjust the narrative about manufacturing for young people and to kick start a conversation about filling the manufacturing industry skills gap,” said Dan Swinney, executive director of Manufacturing Renaissance. “It is imperative that we sustain America’s industries and to do that we must help youth connect with manufacturing’s career potential and provide professional opportunities for students.”
The event brought together the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Manufacturing Connect, American German Chamber of Commerce ICATT Training Initiative and Water Saver Faucet Company.
“We are excited about raising young people’s awareness of advanced manufacturing career pathways that can provide financial independence and lifelong learning opportunities,” said Montez King, executive director of the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS). King, a speaker at the I Am Manufacturing event, and the subject of the media production, Paradox: The Making of a King, which was screened on Friday. Mr. King, a Baltimore native, came from humble beginnings to be the first African-American named to lead NIMS, an international leader in machining and manufacturing related training and education career path programming.