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 […]

Update: Cook County Early Warning Network

The Cook County Early Warning Network was set up in 2020 to help small and mid-sized manufacturers in Cook County that are facing financial distress because of COVID-19. Companies that can benefit from the program typically have fewer than 40 employees. The program is funded by the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development in partnership […]

Profile: MR’s Newest Board Member, Montez King

Montez King, who joined the Manufacturing Renaissance board in March 2021, is Executive Director of the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the nationally-recognized organization responsible for developing national standards and competency-based credentials in manufacturing trades.   King says that being on the board of Manufacturing Renaissance is both a way to promote manufacturing and get back […]

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 […]