Help MR Celebrate Graduating High School Seniors for Decision Day

While Decision Day has typically been about students announcing their college or university plans. This year Manufacturing Connect (MC) has 21 students who have created their own path by completing a 12-week technical training course that has prepared them for an entry -level position in the field of manufacturing. 19 participants have also earned a […]

MR is Named an Inaugural Stanley Black & Decker Makers Grant Recipient!

Chicago, IL – Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) announced the recipients of its first “Empower Makers” Global Impact Challenge. Manufacturing Renaissance (MR) is honored to have been named as a Makers Grant Recipient for our Manufacturing Connect program and our efforts to expose, inspire and prepare high school youth for careers in manufacturing. Initiated […]

Young Manufacturers Association Spring Training Cohort Underway

Photo from left to right: Dawmonique, Brence (Instructor), Ocie, Wanya, William, Kevin. While outreach and recruitment has been an ongoing challenge throughout the pandemic, over 35 young adults expressed interest in the joining the Spring YMA Cohort. 16 of those that completed the application and interview process were accepted into the program, which launched on […]

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, […]

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 […]

Success Story: Marla “…learns something everyday…”

Shipping, receiving, operating machines, working in a company’s quality department. In nearly a decade of working in the manufacturing field, Marla Sanders has had many responsibilities over the years. Sanders participated in the Manufacturing Renaissance training program at the Austin Polytechnical Academy, graduating from the program in 2012 in its second graduating class. Sanders grew […]

Success Story: Mandrell Davis “…wants to do this.”

Participant, Young Manufacturers Association  Mandrell Davis heard about the Young Manufacturers Association (YMA) from a pastor in a local church near where he lives in south suburban Robbins. YMA is Manufacturing Renaissance’s network and program for young adults aged 18-29 who are pursuing careers in manufacturing, are in-between jobs, in training, or are interested in starting a career […]

Success Story: Isaiah, Future Fabricator

Photo of Mieka Matthews, MC Coordinator and Isaiah McMullen, MC Participant at his high school graduation. It started with an opportunity. When Isaiah McMullen was a student at the Academy of Scholastic Achievement, a nonprofit public alternative school on Chicago’s west side, he was interested in welding and manufacturing. A school counselor referred him to […]

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 […]

Success Story: Brandi’s Road to Success

Brandi S., participated in the Manufacturing Connect (MC) program as a high school student to get work experience and learn professionalism skills, graduating in 2013 from Austin Polytechnical Academy with career goals of being a medical assistant. In the Fall of 2013, Brandi registered for school at a local college with a major of medical […]