Career Pathway Services 2023 Highlights

This year, Manufacturing Renaissance has provided training, work-readiness, work experience and placement services to 71 high school youth and young adults across Chicago’s West and South sides through our Manufacturing Connect (MC) and Young Manufacturers Association (YMA) training programs. We improved our program design and resumed in-person training, partnered with a mix of schools and […]

Drew Crowe Visits YMA on Chicago’s Westside

“We might possess every technological resource… but if our language is inadequate, our vision remains formless, our thinking and feeling are still running in the old cycles, our process may be ‘revolutionary’ but not transformative.” – Adrienne Rich Thank you again to Manufacturing Renaissance YMA for hosting me again, and facilitating some amazing conversations….I have […]

MR Joins City of Chicago to Promote Mfg to Chicago Public Schools Students & Counselors

The City of Chicago used Manufacturing Month as an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of the industry to the local economy and promote the opportunities available in the field to Chicagoans. In October, Manufacturing Renaissance was invited by World Business Chicago and the City of Chicago’s Dept. of Planning to join a fieldtrip of Chicago […]

“Hands Up if You Got the Job!”

Hands up if you got a job offer after your 1-week YMA manufacturing internship! 5 of 9 interns got a job-offer right away, the other 4 performed very well and either their host wasn’t hiring or we’ll find the right fit. We’ll be following-up with them this week to find great career-track job opportunities for […]

MR Supports Industry Electric School Bus Working Group Effort to Understand Workforce Needs

The transition to electric school buses (ESBs) will transform communities and we must ensure that a just transition for school bus workers also occurs. To better understand gaps in workforce development for ESB operators and maintenance technicians, CALSTART, Michigan Clean Cities, Manufacturing Renaissance, and WRI’s Electric School Bus Initiative convened an Industry Electric School Bus Working Group that met in a […]

Cook County Features YMA Alumni at Matot, Inc.

The Cook County Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction Grant initiative supports community-based organizations working to build the safe and thriving communities that all residents deserve. Since 2022, $110 million in funding has been awarded, supporting 150 community-based organizations that provide culturally responsive violence prevention programming that meets the needs of residents and communities. Manufacturing Renaissance […]

Manufacturing Connect: Partnering with Chicago Public Schools

Photo of recent fieldtrip to Matot in Bellwood, IL As Manufacturing Renaissance keeps training young people for jobs in the manufacturing sector, the organization is working to build its capacity to deliver programming in Chicago’s public schools. That’s what has been happening early this year, as the organization takes steps to work directly with four […]

Young Manufacturers Association: Update from Program Participants, Part 2

For Davon Hazelwood, learning about the field of manufacturing in recent weeks has been about learning specific technical skills, how to present himself in job interviews – and what the actual day-to-day activities inside a manufacturing company are like. Hazelwood is participating in the Young Manufacturers Association (YMA) program, Manufacturing Renaissance’s nationally recognized career pathways […]

Getting Started: Latest YMA Training Cohort Underway, Part 1

Davon Hazelwood, fourth from the left in back row. Alexandria Parlor, second from the left in front row. YMA trainees visit to Dakkota Integrated Systems for Manufacturing Day event October 2022. The latest session of the Young Manufacturers Association (YMA), Manufacturing Renaissance’s nationally recognized career pathways program for adults, aged 18-24, started in September. YMA, […]

Profile: Sarah Mercado, MR’s New Director of Career Pathway Services

Sarah Mercado started her position as Director of Career Pathways Services at Manufacturing Renaissance in August of this year. However, her family background and career path prepared her for this work well before this year. She was born in the Dominican Republic; her life there and here has often been tied to social justice issues, […]