Career Pathway Services 2023 Highlights

This year, Manufacturing Renaissance has provided training, work-readiness, work experience and placement services to 71 high school youth and young adults across Chicago’s West and South sides through our Manufacturing Connect (MC) and Young Manufacturers Association (YMA) training programs. We improved our program design and resumed in-person training, partnered with a mix of schools and […]

MR Joins City of Chicago to Promote Mfg to Chicago Public Schools Students & Counselors

The City of Chicago used Manufacturing Month as an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of the industry to the local economy and promote the opportunities available in the field to Chicagoans. In October, Manufacturing Renaissance was invited by World Business Chicago and the City of Chicago’s Dept. of Planning to join a fieldtrip of Chicago […]

Manufacturing Connect: Partnering with Chicago Public Schools

Photo of recent fieldtrip to Matot in Bellwood, IL As Manufacturing Renaissance keeps training young people for jobs in the manufacturing sector, the organization is working to build its capacity to deliver programming in Chicago’s public schools. That’s what has been happening early this year, as the organization takes steps to work directly with four […]

Young Manufacturers Association: Update from Program Participants, Part 2

For Davon Hazelwood, learning about the field of manufacturing in recent weeks has been about learning specific technical skills, how to present himself in job interviews – and what the actual day-to-day activities inside a manufacturing company are like. Hazelwood is participating in the Young Manufacturers Association (YMA) program, Manufacturing Renaissance’s nationally recognized career pathways […]

Getting Started: Latest YMA Training Cohort Underway, Part 1

Davon Hazelwood, fourth from the left in back row. Alexandria Parlor, second from the left in front row. YMA trainees visit to Dakkota Integrated Systems for Manufacturing Day event October 2022. The latest session of the Young Manufacturers Association (YMA), Manufacturing Renaissance’s nationally recognized career pathways program for adults, aged 18-24, started in September. YMA, […]

Profile: Sarah Mercado, MR’s New Director of Career Pathway Services

Sarah Mercado started her position as Director of Career Pathways Services at Manufacturing Renaissance in August of this year. However, her family background and career path prepared her for this work well before this year. She was born in the Dominican Republic; her life there and here has often been tied to social justice issues, […]

Andrew Crowe: Bringing Youth and Manufacturing Communities Together

Andrew Crowe has seen it all – enough to fill a very long story about his life. These days, he is doing something else: sharing his story and what he has learned to inspire young people in underserved communities about the great potential of working in the manufacturing sector. Andrew “the Mfg” Crowe works to […]

Help MR Celebrate Graduating High School Seniors for Decision Day

While Decision Day has typically been about students announcing their college or university plans. This year Manufacturing Connect (MC) has 21 students who have created their own path by completing a 12-week technical training course that has prepared them for an entry -level position in the field of manufacturing. 19 participants have also earned a […]

Manufacturing Connect Participants Share Their Second Impressions

MC Participants David Curry, Yazmin Barajas, Jeremiah Hall This is the second story about participants in our in current session of Manufacturing Connect, our nationally recognized career pathways program for teens. This session started in January of 2022. We circled back with a few student participants to get their perspective about how it’s going. These […]

Job Shadow Day: Welcome to the World of Manufacturing!

Isaiah McMullen, Lucy Minturn at FosterWorks. What’s it like to work in a manufacturing job in Chicago? How can young people prepare themselves for opportunities in this sector? Those questions came up on March 16 during Manufacturing Renaissance’s Job Shadow Day. During this event, participants in the organization’s Manufacturing Connect program had a chance to […]