Our Programs

MR works towards our mission through three programs areas and across multiple program prototypes

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Policy and Advocacy

Formed in 2005, the Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council (CMRC) is a network that recognizes the key role of manufacturing in building a society that is sustainable and restorative.

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Career Pathways Services

We expose, inspire, prepare, and support youth and young adults for careers in manufacturing through 4 program models: 

Manufacturing Connect: career exposure, training and supports for in-school youth, ages 14-18.

Young Manufacturers Association: peer support, training, supports and leadership development for young adults ages 18-29.

Instructors Apprenticeship for Advanced Manufacturing: training and professional development for teachers and instructors providing manufacturing related training and career pathways programming.

Career Pathways Consulting Services: training and technical assistance activities that complement MR programs, customized for strategic partners and employers.

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Economic Development

The Cook County Early Warning Network
(CCEWN) program supports small and mid-size manufacturing companies that have been impacted by COVID-19 with specialized consulting services.

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