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MFG DAY 2015 A BIG SUCCESS!

In this photo Class of 2011 and 2012 alumni Terrence Wilson, Machine Operator at Dudek & Bock Spring Mfg Co., and Rahkeem Buford, Machinist at Paasche Airbrush, took the afternoon off from their jobs to come speak to over 200 students for our Mfg Day “Passport to Careers and College” Open House to share their experiences. Both young men were candid about the pitfalls of spending more time on the streets than in school, but shared how the MC program gave them the opportunity to learn technical skills, work experience and career coaching support to have the kind of job they can plan their futures around. On October 2nd, 240 Austin high school youth learned about manufacturing and whatManufactu

THE DETROIT MANUFACTURING RENAISSANCE COUNCIL FOCUSES ON THE HORIZON

The Detroit Manufacturing Renaissance Council is making substantial progress as a strategic coalition of determined partners who are committed to a thriving and robust manufacturing sector in Detroit. Now in it’s second full year as an organized committee, the DMRC is on a path to truly making a name for itself in the region. William Jones, Executive Director of FOCUS:Hope served as Chairman of the DMRC during its first year of operations. In his tenure as Chair, William played a key role in helping to move the body from an interested group to a coalition of the willing; that is, a strategic partnership working collaboratively to advance the mission of the DMRC in word and in practice. Under

CHICAGO SCHOOL HELPS TO BRING MANUFACTURING JOBS BACK

AFT president Randi Weingarten took time on Jan. 17 to visit staff, students and partners at Chicago high schools that are tailored to a basic truth: Students are more apt to stay engaged in learning when they draw the connection between their studies and the successful careers and lives they dream of having down the road. Click here to read more about the visit.

FIRST DUAL-CREDIT CLASS AT AUSTIN POLYTECH A SUCCESS!

CHICAGO—Back in January this year, 19 Austin Polytech Juniors passed the Compass placement test to earn a spot in the first Career and Technical Education (CTE) dual-credit class in partnership with City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at Austin Polytechnical Academy (APA) on the Austin Multiplex campus. 16 Austin Polytech students opted to enroll in the class during their Spring Semester of their junior year and we are proud to report all 16 students passed the course. This is the first year of the CCC and CPS dual-credit partnership with APA. The Manufacturing Connect program, staffed by the local non-profit organization Manufacturing Renaissance (MR) (mfgren.org

MULTIPLE PATHWAYS FOR SUCCESS

Multiple Pathways for Success: Here are four stories that give you a snapshot of what the Manufacturing Connect program means for students graduating from Austin Polytech. These are just a few of the stories that demonstrate the reality that there are multiple pathways for success for students even in the most troubled school districts when you have a program like Manufacturing Connect. William, Class of 2012: William was a very good student and very active in the Manufacturing Connect program having work experience and earning two NIMS credentials. He was awarded scholarships to go to Northern Illinois University to study engineering. He attended for one year. He did not stay on top of his

MANUFACTURING CONNECT PRESENTS AT US DOL’S YOUTH CAREERCONNECT NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Just coming back from an invigorating two-day conference with 23 fellow YCC grantees in Washington DC, convening one year after the start of the 4.5 year grant program. YCC seeks to identify and potentially scale promising secondary/post-secondary programs that combine rigorous academics, skills training and work experiences that are effective in connecting youth to in-demand STEM/Manufacturing college and career pathways. Labor Secretary Perez welcomed us with inspirational remarks, referring to YCC grantees as being on the “forefront of innovation to help redesign the high school and community college experience…building the middle class in this country.” I had the privilege of being asked

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