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UIC ENGINEERING STUDENTS MENTOR AUSTIN YOUTH

Manufacturing Connect is partnering with UIC with a site-based STEM-Business Mentoring Program, providing 1-on-1 meetings with students and caring adult mentors who meet once or twice a month for an hour, over the period of a year. Mentors transparently share their life experiences as a means of helping students navigate the world and plan their future. A partnership with Junior Achievement provides for soft skills sessions, establishing several trainings to empower our youth who have been fortunate to secure mentoring partnerships with UIC’s National Society of Black Engineers, the UIC- Caterpillar Aurora (Engineering/ focused Site-based Program at Caterpillar), Federal Reserve Bank of Chi

THANK YOU TO THE MANUFACTURER WHO WENT INTO A PUBLIC SCHOOL ON THE WEST SIDE OF CHICAGO AND CAME OUT

About 10 years ago, I was talking with Bill Vogel at what was then his company—DeCardy Diecasting. We talked about the fact that so many young people didn’t have a clue of the opportunities in local manufacturing companies that could provide a secure future for an employee and his or her family. Bill commented that in all his 40+ years in manufacturing, not one high school had ever invited him to come and speak to their students about manufacturing and the good-paying and interesting jobs that needed to be filled. This was particularly a sad irony to Bill in that DeCardy Diecasting is located on the West Side of Chicago in a community that had high unemployment, high poverty, and young peopl

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