Success Story: Two Brothers On Their Way!

Kevin and William both completed our last YMA Training and worked with DeeDee Jones, MR’s Industry Coordinator, to find good jobs. They both applied to Novolex Duro Bag in Alsip, IL, but only Kevin was called back for an interview. Kevin relies on William, who owns a car, for transportation. Kevin’s interview went well but […]

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 […]

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 […]

Profile: Dee Dee Jones, Industry Coordinator, Extraordinaire!

Dee Dee Jones, Industry Coordinator for Manufacturing Renaissance  works closely with companies and students to make our programs work. She is responsible for recruiting companies for field trips, job shadowing experiences, internships, and career opportunities. She also prepares students for careers in manufacturing. We asked her to share her perspective about what we do – […]

Young Manufacturers Association Spring Training Cohort Underway

Photo from left to right: Dawmonique, Brence (Instructor), Ocie, Wanya, William, Kevin. While outreach and recruitment has been an ongoing challenge throughout the pandemic, over 35 young adults expressed interest in the joining the Spring YMA Cohort. 16 of those that completed the application and interview process were accepted into the program, which launched on […]

Damron: West Side Company Keeps Eye on Equity, Jobs and Community

For more than 35 years, Damron Corporation on Chicago’s west side has manufactured and distributed tea products, sourced from the most famous tea-growing areas in the world. Companies that Damron supplies its products to include McDonald’s. In fact, Damron was the first African-American owned company to become a national supplier to McDonald’s. Recently, the company […]

Success Story: Marla “…learns something everyday…”

Shipping, receiving, operating machines, working in a company’s quality department. In nearly a decade of working in the manufacturing field, Marla Sanders has had many responsibilities over the years. Sanders participated in the Manufacturing Renaissance training program at the Austin Polytechnical Academy, graduating from the program in 2012 in its second graduating class. Sanders grew […]

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 […]