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 […]

Spring Break Internships: Teaming Up and Building Skills

For Stephany Ortiz, like all other high school students during the pandemic, this school year has been unique. Online learning has become the norm. The future is uncertain. But the need to learn new skills that prepare students for the workforce remains a constant. That’s where the Spring Break Internship, a yearly offering of our […]

COVID-19 Vaccines Available in Austin

Over the past several weeks, Austin Coming Together (ACT) has supported recent planning by the city and several healthcare institutions to increase access to COVID-19 vaccination for Austin residents. These efforts have resulted in the launch of two temporary vaccination clinics being stood up by The Loretto Hospital in partnership with Rush University Medical Center […]

Next MC Youth Training Starting 3/15/21 – Limited Space!

The Career Pathways Services programs Manufacturing Connect (MC for in-school youth) and the Young Manufacturers Association (YMA for young adults) online training programs launched new cohorts on February 16th and February 18th. MC’s first cohort include 16 youth representing 13 high schools and community organizations across Cook County. Among these, are: Morgan Park, Prosser, Curie, […]

Success Story – Power Couple!

Kyana was an active participant in the Manufacturing Connect (MC) program since her freshman year at Austin College & Career Academy. Kyana had multiple work experiences throughout her H.S. career and entered into an internship with Ferrara Candy after graduating in 2019. Kyana was trained to work in the kitchen as a Mogul Operator, responsible […]

The jobs are here. Skilled workers aren’t.

Unlike the ‘70s, today’s manufacturing jobs are more robots and tech than dirty assembly lines. There’s room for growth if we can build a pipeline of skilled workers. Here’s how closing the skills gap can turn a crisis into an opportunity. By Dan Swinney, Manufacturing Renaissance This is the second blog in a series on about confronting […]