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. 

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Contact Manufacturing Renaissance

3411 W. Diversey Ave, Suite 10

Chicago, IL 60647


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