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 […]

BLACK CONTRIBUTIONS TO MANUFACTURING HISTORY

Black History month observances tend to honor civil rights and cultural heroes. Less often discussed are the many Black contributors to the manufacturing industry, including the millions of Black people who became a critical part of the manufacturing work force through the Great Migration between 1915 and 1970. Men like our Executive Director’s grandfather, Walter […]

Laystrom Manufacturing Co. Wins THE FABRICATOR’s Industry Award for 2021

Long-time MC program partner and CMRC Leadership Committee Co-chair Colin Cosgrove and Laystrom Manufacturing Co. was recognized this month as a model company for outstanding performance which is thanks in large part to prioritizing creating a great work culture. Congratulations Colin and the Laystrom team! Read more here.

Supply Chain Innovation Center and Business Incubator at Governors State University

The SCIBI is hosting a panel to discuss working with USMCA trade partners Canada and Mexico and trade relations with China. International trade directly affects job creation, tax revenue generation and many other important aspects of social and economic life in America. This webinar will discuss trade and business conditions in America’s biggest and most […]

MC Program Highlighted in New Upcoming Book on Workforce Intermediaries

A team of scholars from the University of North Carolina including the author of the book visited the Career Pathways Services program a few years ago. Our work is discussed as an innovative way to provide skills training to Black and brown young people. “The book unpacks the connection between institutional bargaining power and skill and features […]

Reflections on Black History Month and A Strategy for Economic Development

We honor Black History Month as a time to celebrate and reflect on the contributions of African Americans. It is fitting for us to laud heroes like John Lewis, Shirley Chisholm, Martin Luther King Jr., and so many others who came before us and made great sacrifices to make our world a better place for […]

Chicago needs an ambitious industrial policy — “Inclusion & Industry 4.0”

Chicago needs an ambitious industrial policy—Inclusion & Industry 4.0. Today, manufacturing is 11% of Chicago’s gross domestic product (GDP)—about the same as in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, our competitors (and potential partners) in Germany and Spain maintain manufacturing as 25% of GDP. What is to be done in shaping an industrial policy that benefits all of our communities—particularly on […]