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 […]

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 […]

A Look at the Future: Students Visit the International Manufacturing Technology Show

For 74 students from John Marshall Metropolitan High School on Chicago’s West Side, the world of manufacturing opened up their eyes  in new ways in September. Students attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), which was held by the Association for Manufacturing Technology in Chicago between September 12 and September 17. Staff from Manufacturing Renaissance […]

Manufacturing Connect Participants Share First Impressions

The latest session of Manufacturing Connect, our nationally recognized career pathways program for teens, started in January. We talked with a few student participants (and an educator who connected a student to the program) to get their initial perspective about it. Jeremiah Hall “I am starting to get more interested in manufacturing,” says Jeremiah Hall, […]

Chicago Teachers Union Local 1 Endorses Manufacturing Reinvestment Bill

On February 2, 2022, the CTU House of Delegates voted to endorse HR 5124 by a vote of 600 to 1.  The union recognized the importance of re-building our manufacturing sector in a way that’s profoundly inclusive.  They’ve also committed to reaching out to the American Federation of Teachers, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, and […]

Mfg Day 2021: An Inside Look

What’s it like to work in a manufacturing company? What kind of opportunities are available? These are the kinds of questions asked by participants in Manufacturing Connect, Manufacturing Renaissance’s program that exposes, inspires, and prepares young adults for the field. Participants in the program had a chance to learn about the field this fall at […]

Brence Turner: A Passion for Teaching and Expanding Opportunities for Youth

Brence Turner, Senior Machining Instructor at Manufacturing Renaissance, grew up in a family where numerous people worked in manufacturing. “I have seen the opportunities it gave them for a solid income, insurance,  a paycheck – and  a career,” he says. Turner is a native of Chicago’s South Side. After high school, he attended Daley College […]

Advanced Manufacturing. Engineering. STEM Education. NASA!

For many young students, these topics are full of exciting possibilities – but they need opportunities where they can learn about them. Young participants in Manufacturing Connect, a program of Manufacturing Renaissance, had a chance to do just that on May 13 in a virtual field trip presented by NASA and the University of Texas […]