Since then, MR has been recognized as a leading expert, advocate, and practitioner of manufacturing-focused community and economic development projects and programs. Today, our Mission is to advance sustainable development anchored in manufacturing as a primary strategy for reducing poverty, expanding inclusion, and expanding middle-class communities.
We develop and operate programs as prototypes that allow us to: A) Serve our community; B) Deepen our learning and understanding of what it takes shift the traditional development paradigm:
Manufacturing Connect: No background experience or clean record is necessary. Current training cohorts are serving seniors in high school. Interested participants must have a readiness to learn, and availability to attend classes. Contact Leslye Long at firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 278-5418 x 30 for more information on upcoming training and events
Young Manufacturers Association: No background experience or clean record is necessary; all you need to join is be aged 18-29, have a readiness to learn, and availability to attend classes. Contact Torres Hughes at email@example.com or (773) 278-5418 x 40 to inquire about joining.
MR offers a 10-week manufacturing training program for youth and young adults that covers blueprint reading, applied math, measurement tools, manufacturing and safety concepts and preparation to earn the Materials, Measurement and Safety credential through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills. Contact Joyce Weston for more details.
Working Together with our partners and the community, MC/YMA benefits our community and local economy thusly:
1) Youth: gain technical and professionalism skills, individualized supports and have expanded access to career-track, economic opportunity after high school (include a testimonial link);
2) Employers: find talent to fill jobs in their companies that allow them to grow their business (include a quote from Freedman);
3) Agencies: incorporate a hard-skills, career pathway program component to their services that can lead to more sustainable outcomes for social services (include a link with supporting data);
4) Schools: ensure a higher proportion of their graduates’ secure positive placements after graduating improving the school’s performance scorecard;
5) Communities: find a higher percentage of their populations accessing family-sustaining jobs, paying taxes and contributing to improving the community.
Across our program areas, MR serves low-income, predominantly Black and Brown communities, small-to-mid-sized manufacturing companies across the Chicagoland area.
Yes, all participants who successfully complete the program and choose to pursue employment in manufacturing are placed in manufacturing jobs. 75% of those place achieve a minimum of 90-days retention on the job.
The CMRC is building a diverse, regional coalition of people, leaders, organizations, workers and employers who recognize the strategic importance of manufacturing in developing communities. If you believe the same, we need your voice! Join a growing network with diverse yet likeminded leaders and advocates in the field, be part of expanding a new way of building communities.
If you are low-income and living in Cook County, our program is of no cost to you. Contact Joyce Weston for more information.