Exposing, inspiring and preparing youth to get and keep career-track jobs in manufacturing


Instructors Apprenticeship for Advanced Manufacturing

Chicagoland lacks machining instructors capable of effectively teaching in high schools, community colleges, incumbent training programs, and other adult training programs.The Instructors Apprenticeship for Advanced Manufacturing (IAAM) is a pilot apprentice program developed in response to the massive shortage of manufacturing technology instructors who are technically, culturally, and pedagogically competent.

In partnership, with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation (CTUF) Quest Center, IAAM is a part-time, year-round program that features 3 training elements: 

  1. Pedagogical Training: provided by the Quest Center for the components focused on teaching curriculum related to cultural competence, instructional technique, and classroom management.

  2. Technical Training: Apprentices taught by Manufacturing Renaissance staff using the Richard J. Daley MTEC training facility learn the technical skills needed to earn up to 5 NIMS credentials.

  3. Career and Technical Education as a Tool for Community Development: A series of 4 workshops taught by Manufacturing Renaissance staff provide orientation and context for why and how a machine shop teacher is a critical stakeholder in the work to develop communities.

Want to join or learn more?

Contact Joyce Weston, Career Pathway Services Program Director for more information.

Our Instructors

Critical stakeholders in the work to develop communities


 2017 –  YMA Member
2017 – Present Assembler at Freedman Seating Company
R. Daley College for Advanced Machining courses


Austin College & Career Academy Class of 2018
University of IL at Urbana-Champaign Major in Robotics Engineering


2018  –  YMA Member
2018 – Present Packaging Operator at
Ferrara Candy Company


 2018 – YMA Member
Triton College, Major in Engineering
2018 – Present Packaging Machine Operator at Ferrara Candy Company