Manufacturing Connect (MC) started in 2007 out of Austin College & Career Academy, formerly known as Austin Polytech Academy on Chicago's Westside. Today, MC serves in-school youth, ages 14 - 18, as a community-based program in partnership with social service agencies and manufacturers across Chicago. MC participants:

  1. Can earn a nationally-recognized industry credential from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

  2. Participate in multiple work experiences, including internships, job shadows and summer jobs

  3. Learn the work-readiness and life skills necessary to succeed in today's economy

  4. Get a job that leads to a career!  

Contact Leslye Long for more information on upcoming training and events for youth - 773-278-5418 x 30


Contact Manufacturing Renaissance

3411 W. Diversey Ave, Suite 10

Chicago, IL 60647


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