On December 11th, 2017 9 instructors from the Instructors Apprenticeship for Advanced Manufacturing (IAAM) pilot training initiative earned 75 Illinois State Board of Education professional development hours from the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation Quest Center for Professional Learning, completed 200 hours of technical training administered by Manufacturing Renaissance, and as a cohort, attained over 30 credentials from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills over the last 6 months.

The 9 instructors represent a diverse group of educators from Chicago Public Schools, Daley College, industry and community-based after-school programs. These instructors represent Chicago’s expanding talent pool of instructors who are technically, culturally and pedagogically competent and ready to expose, inspire and prepare the next generations of talent pursuing careers in manufacturing and related careers. The IAAM program’s goal is to develop into a formally registered apprenticeship program, the success of this inaugural training cohort is a critical milestone in establishing a training model that can be replicated across the country where there is need to increase the number of great manufacturing instructors.

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