In occasion of MFGDAY, we hosted at the Austin College & Career Academy Manufacturing Connect site a half-day event for all of our participants, including from Bowen High School and Prosser Career Academy. About 150 participants attended and we were joined by a couple of students from the Austin Alternative School. The purpose of MFGDAY is to inspire our youth to join our program and pursue manufacturing as a career option.
Our Young Manufacturers Association members helped us out, by speaking about their experience in the program and where has manufacturing brought them.
The team from YouMedia Chicago Public Library was also there and presented on the new programs and spaces that Chicago Public Library has to offer. They showed how manufacturing goes beyond simply working in a machine shop floor: it is also connected to printing, music and video making.
Our guest of honor was Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinckle, who actively engaged with our participants both in the classroom and in the machine shop. She also wrote a brief piece on her visit.