MEDIA COVERAGE

  • Crain's Chicago - December 20, 2019 Shift Change. As the Economy Evolves, So Does the Hunt for A 'Good' Job

  • WBEZ Chicago - December 3, 2019 Lawmakers Stress Ways To Boost Manufacturing In The Chicago Region

  • WBEZ Chicago - October 28, 2019 The Manufacturing Mismatch

  • Plant Services - July 17, 2019 Manufacturing workforce development opportunity knocks 

  • WBEZ Chicago - March 29, 2019 Chicago's Young Manufacturers Are Banding Together to Navigate the Industry

  • Crain's Chicago - February 11, 2019 Reclaiming Manufacturing Jobs: It Can Be Done  

  • Forbes - January 28, 2019 Saving Manufacturing Jobs and Boosting Entrepreneurial Opportunity In Chicagoland 

  • Chicago Tribune - January 19, 2019 The Boss Is Retiring, The Kids Don't Want to Take Over

  • Education Post - July 24, 2018 A Career and Technical Education Program That Is Getting Kids Jobs

  • Crain's Chicago - June 6, 2018 Here's Who Can Fill Chicago's Manufacturing Needs

  • Chicago Tribune - June 6, 2018 Is Manufacturing the answer to the joblessness that plagues parts of Chicago?

  • Chicago Tribune Letter to the editor - June 3, 2018 Chicago should invest in local jobs 

  • WGN-TV "People to People" - February 17, 2018

  • Crain’s Chicago Business – September 27, 2017 How to get more women, minorities to own manufacturing firms

  • Chicago Tribune Letter to the editor – July 21, 2017  Technical education is the future of the US economy, not tariffs
     

  • NBC News 5 Chicago Area – March 7, 2017 – Manufacturing Connect story featured on “Making a Difference”
     

  • Philanthropy Journal News – January 3, 2017 – Manufacturing Connect’s story featuring a program alumni “Alex”
     

  • WVON 1690AM – December 12, 2016 – Dan Swinney and David Robinson on the Matt McGill Show
     

  • CBS News – August 2016 – Kids Learn the Art, Business of Candy Making
     

  • WTTW Chicago Tonight – March 21, 2016 – Web Extra: Dan Swinney on Manufacturing in the U.S.
     

  • BBC News – May 31, 2015 – Can US manufacturing move from faxes to robots?
     

  • Financial Times – April 14, 2015 – Lack of vocational education stifles US mobility
     

  • Yes! Magazine – October 17, 2014 – New Factories Have Jobs You’d Really Want – and These Chicago Kids Are Skilling Up to Get Them
     

  • Chicago Sun-Times – June 16, 2014 – Trumpet mouthpiece business helps Austin students show their mettle
     

  • Progress Illinois – June 2, 2014 – Manufacturing, Green infrastructure co-ops offer job opportunities for Chicago youth
     

  • City of Chicago – April 7, 2014 – Mayor Emanuel announces Austin Polytechnical Academy receives $2.7 million dollar grant from the US Dept. of Labor
     

  • US Chamber of Commerce Foundation – January 2014 – Manufacturing Renaissance Councils: Models for Success?
     

  • IndustryWeek – November 16, 2012 – Can Chicago’s Kids Build Advanced Manufacturing Hub?
     

  • Chicago Tribune – November 14, 2012 – City awards $1.25 million to Austin Polytechnical Academy
     

  • Crain’s Chicago Business – November 13, 2012 – City steers $1.25 million to West Side high schools
     

  • Bloomberg Businessweek – November 12, 2012 – Skills Gap: No Big Deal, If…
     

  • Chicago Public Radio – November 2, 2012 – Afternoon Shift: Front and Center conversation with Dan Swinney
     

  • Crain’s Chicago Business – October 29, 2012 – Bridging the gender divide: Programs aim to bring women to factory floor
     

  • Capital Institute – August 6, 2012 – The High Road to an American Manufacturing Renaissance
     

  • Marketplace Money – April 6, 2012 – Educating kids for the factories of the future
     

  • Crain’s Chicago Business – March 16, 2012 – How one manufacturer is looking to cure a labor shortage
     

  • Chicago Sun-Times – March 2, 2012 – Emanuel, Clinton announce $1.7 billion trust for Chicago projects (Photo Gallery)
     

  • Shift Change – January 13, 2012 – Inspired by Mondragon, Chicago works to bring back world class manufacturing
     

  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National – January 12, 2012 – Friday Panel: Australia’s manufacturing future
     

  • Gear Technology – November/December 2011 – Best of Times, Worst of Times
     

  • WGN Radio – December 17, 2011 – Bill Moller interview with Dan Swinney
     

  • Crain’s Chicago Business – October 30, 2011 – Chicago manufacturers find creative ways to fill the labor gap
     

  • Catalyst Chicago – September 14, 2011 – Austin Polytech: Creating Healthy Futures
     

  • AustinTalks – August 8, 2011 – Austin Polytech: Creating Healthy Futures
     

  • The New York Times – June 25, 2011 – A Troubled High School Celebrates a Milestone
     

  • The Wall Street Journal – June 6, 2011 – Industry Puts Heat on Schools to Teach Skills Employers Need

  • The New York Times – May 19, 2011 – Austin Woes Are Capped by Decision to Fire Teachers and a Student Protest

  • Crain’s Chicago Business – May 13, 2011 – Austin Polytech Academy: Manufacturing a future workforce (video)

  • The New York Times – April 21, 2011 – School on Probation Faces a Struggle
     

  • Medill News Service – March 3, 2011 – Chicago high school will graduate first class trained for high-tech manufacturing
     

  • The New York Times – March 3, 2011 – Austin Schools Are Merged, Then Unmerged
     

  • Crain’s Chicago Business – December 8, 2010 – Home-field advantage (video)
     

  • Good – December 6, 2010 – Merging College and Career Prep on Chicago’s West Side
     

  • Crain’s Chicago Business – December 6, 2010 – Skilled labor in peak demand at precision manufacturing firms
     

  • PBS NewsHour – December 1, 2010 – Chicago High School Prepares Students for Real-World Manufacturing Jobs (video)
     

  • Chicago Tribune – October 23, 2010 – Setting career gears in motion
     

  • The New York Times – October 14, 2010 – Students Aim for Success With a New View of Vocational School
     

  • Chicago Sun-Times – April 14, 2010 – At West Side school, a beverage business brews (PDF)
     

  • CNN – March 24, 2010 – Serving up reality by the cup
     

  • Austin Weekly News – January 20, 2010 – Austin Polytech goes techno
     

  • The Austin Weekly News – October 7, 2009 – “Forget Rio – Austin students headed to Spain”
     

  • The Illinois Manufacturer – Summer 2009 – Bringing businesses to the table: The City of Chicago’s David Hanson speaks up for manufacturers (PDF)
     

  • Global Corporate Xpansion (GCX) – Summer 2009 – Green Economy Success Requires Trained Talent
     

  • Chicago Public Schools – June 1, 2009 – Getting the picture: Photo gallery opening at Austin Polytech commemorates school’s founders
     

  • Great Lakes Manufacturing Council Focus – April 2009 – Chicago’s Green Manufacturing Network
     

  • Ed Leaf – Spring 2009 – A New Direction in Education (PDF)
     

  • Northwest Indiana Times – January 29, 2009 – Chicago school offers pointers
     

  • The Illinois Manufacturer – Winter 2009 – A Renaissance for Chicago’s West Side: Austin Polytechnical Academy builds community support for manufacturing (PDF)
     

  • Progress Illinois – December 19, 2008 – A Fork in the Road: The Promise of Advanced Manufacturing
     

  • Progress Illinois – December 3, 2008 – Swinney’s Got a Plan
     

  • President Obama on Austin Polytech – September 9, 2008 – Austin Polytech is bringing hope back to the community
     

  • Welding Journal – August 2008 – Chicago Aims to Bring Manufacturing Jobs Back to the City (PDF)
     

  • Entrepreneur – August 2008 – Old myths, new realities: as retirements near, firms scramble to fill skilled worker positions
     

  • Washington Business Journal – July 4, 2008 – Boomers or bust? Not if we can help it
     

  • Progress Illinois – July 2, 2008 – One Year In: A Look at Austin Polytechnical Academy
     

  • Plant Engineering – June 20, 2008 – Education will be the way out of U.S. manufacturing’s decline
     

  • The Wall Street Journal – June 5, 2008 – Transforming Inner-City Schools to Train Tomorrow’s Work Force
     

  • Economic Development America – Winter 2007 – Chicago’s New Direction: Leading the Way in the Race to the Top in Global High-Performance Manufacturing
     

  • The Illinois Manufacturer – Fall 2007 – Chicago’s first manufacturing-focused high school opens its doors (PDF)
     

  • The American Prospect – July 12, 2007 – Inner-City Futurism: A new kind of high school in Chicago’s inner city will train its students for high-tech, high-pay manufacturing
     

  • CNNMoney.com – June 1, 2007 – Creating the next manufacturing elite: A Chicago school teaches students to run high-tech plants
     

  • Chi-Town Daily News – May 31, 2007 – New high school to focus on high-tech manufacturing

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